The present course aims at introducing basic concepts in the philosophy of religion from a thematic and historical point of view. Among the topics to be discussed are: the theological and metaphysical necessity (or non-necessity) of a deity; proofs for the existence (or non-existence) of God; the quarrel between religion and philosophy regarding the sources of knowledge; the logical possibility (or impossibility) of providence, prophecy, and miracles; the problem of evil; the sources of the legitimacy of religious faith; secularism, agnosticism, and atheism. The various topics will be presented through key readings from ancient, medieval, and modern times, while taking into consideration the historical and cultural circumstances of their writing.
Course requires: participation and a final exam. The final grade for the course is the grade of the exam.