||Meets MnTC Goal Areas 2, 6 and 8. This course explores proposed answers to the question, "What role can religion play when considering questions about the meaning of life?" The course will consider the traditional arguments for the existence of God as expressed by Western thinkers as well as non-Western efforts to reconcile order and disorder in the universe. The course will focus on the relationship between faith and reason and will reflect on the nature of religious experience and how diverse cultures express various ways of knowing about the divine.
- Define basic philosophical terms relative to the field of epistemology.
- Explain traditional positions regarding the existence of god such as atheism, theism, agnosticism and pantheism.
- Explain various traditional proofs for the existence of god and traditional criticisms of these arguments.
- Recognizes similarities and differences between the possibilities of "knowing" by faith and "knowing" by reason.
- Draw connections between culture and religious expression.
- Explain how varieties of religious thought and expression have influenced major historical events.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how religious dialogue can promote global awareness and cultural exchange.
- Identify elements of religious thought in current political, social and cultural movements.
- Comprehend the logical problems associated with the existence of evil.
- Define basic philosophical terms relative to the field of metaphysics.
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