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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Spring 2006

R S 305 • Intro to Philos of Religion

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43410 -TBA
WAG 101

Course Description

This course investigates four attitudes of beliefs that have been held about the relations of humans to God. The first is an ancient view, according to which God's existence is presupposed and all events are interpreted as expressions of God's will. Second is a medieval view, according to which the existence of God and his various attributes are suitable subjects for proof and arguments. Third is a modern view that God exists but that little is known about Him and that, in any case, humans must attend to their own affairs. Fourth is a contemporary view that God is assumed not to exist, and it is questioned whether any events have any value at all and whether human life has meaning.

Grading Policy

Two one hour tests, 60%

Class participation, 10%

Final examination, 30%


The Bible (preferred: The New Oxford Annotated Bible third edition, College Edition; also acceptable: the Access Bible; new Oxford Study Bible; Harper-Collins Study; Catholic Study Bible; New English Bible (Study Edition); or new American Bible.)

Anselm of Canterbury, The Major Works

Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols and the Anti-Christ

A. P. Martinich, Philosophical Writing (second edition)

Recommended: A. P. Martinich, A Hobbes Dictionary


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