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PHL-305-20, Philosophy of Religion (SP14)

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Stephen Vicchio

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Saturday/8:30-11:15 AM, 02/01/2014-03/22/2014


This course explores the Philosophy of Religion from an interdisciplinary perspective. Insights from the history of Philosophy, Biblical Studies, Drama, and the Social Sciences will be applied to some central problems in the Philosophy of Religion. These problems include: the attributes and existence of God; the problem of evil; survival after death; and many others.


1. Regular attendance and participation. (10% of final grade.)

2. Timely completion of all assigned reading.

3. Six in-class, hourly exams. (each worth 13% of final grade.)

4. One 4-6 page paper on one’s religious statement. (13% of final grade.)


92-100=A; 87-91=B+; 80-86-B; 77-79=C+; 70-76=C; 60-69=D; 59 or less=F


1. Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings. Edited by Michael Peterson. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.)

2. The Voice From the Whirlwind. By Stephen Vicchio. (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2001.)

3. Ivan and Adolf: The Last Man in Hell. By Stephen Vicchio. (Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2011.)

4. There will also be a number of handouts regularly distributed by the instructor in class.

FIRST CLASS, February 1st, 2014:

Conceptions of Ultimate Reality.

Attributes and Existence of God.

Read: Parts III and IV of Peterson.

Handouts in class.