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PHIL2532 Philosophy of Religion

20 creditsClass Size: 125

Module manager: Dr Gregory Stacey

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

1. What is God supposed to be like? (If you don't know, how could you know whether God exists?). What is knowledge supposed to be like? (If you don't know, how could you know whether God exists?). So, who needs evidence to know anything, anyway? And, what about all those arguments for the existence of God? Is religious experience only for kooks (and unreliable, anyway)? These are some of the questions that are often discussed in Philosophy of Religion.2. This module examines some of the most important philosophical considerations that bear on rational (dis-)belief in God and may include discussions of common argument for the existence of God, common arguments against the existence of God, as well as the examination of quite general conditions on rational belief.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues in the philosophy of religion;
2. Critically assess arguments that have been important in the philosophy of religion;
3. Develop and defend their own positions on a range of issues in the philosophy of religion.


This module will introduce several issues in contemporary philosophy of religion, with an emphasis on metaphysical and epistemological issues. Suitable topics include: the nature of religion, realistic and anti-realisti interpretations of religious discourse, divine attribute, the nature of religious faith, evidentialism, traditional theistic and atheistic arguments as well as contemporary versions of those arguments, and religious pluralism.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours181.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

6 hours preparation per seminar: 48 hours
Lecture preparation & further reading: 33 hours
Essay preparation: 100 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Tutorial Feedback
Students will have the opportunity to receive feedback on 1000 word formative essay/plan

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3000 words (end of module)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 11/10/2022


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