Modiwl VPR-1300:
Intro to Philosophy of Religio

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credyd neu 10 Credyd ECTS

Semester 1

Trefnydd: Dr Toby Betenson

Amcanion cyffredinol

The philosophy of religion, in its broadest sense, tackles questions relating to God, religion, and religious belief. Does God exist? What properties or attributes does God have? Is it rational to believe in God, and are there any good arguments for or against either theism or atheism? Is there such a thing as a soul, an afterlife, or personal immortality? This module will provide a general introduction to the contemporary philosophy of religion in the analytic tradition by covering some of the archetypal attempts to address these questions. We will look at the best (and worst) arguments for (or against) the existence of God. We will also reflect on some broader issues in the philosophy of religion, such as whether or not religious propositions can be considered ‘true’, whether there are viable alternative conceptions of God, and the nature and purpose of interreligious dialogue. Finally, we will consider the meaning of life.

Cynnwys cwrs

The course attempts to introduce the philosophy of religion by examining some key examples within it, including the most commonly cited arguments for and against belief in God, the contributions of Wittgensteinian philosophers of religion, and discussions relating to conceptions of the divine and the divine attributes (e.g., various forms of theism, deism, pantheism, etc.). It will also cover other standard issues within the discipline such as questions relating to the existence of a soul, an afterlife or immortality, and the meaning of life.

Meini Prawf


Shows some knowledge of key areas of the module with acceptable presentation of arguments.


Shows comprehensive and very detailed understanding of the material covered in the module, with considerable analytic ability or originality.


Shows detailed knowledge of key areas covered in the module with the arguments presented in a logical and coherent way.

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major thinkers, themes, and arguments within contemporary philosophy of religion.

  2. To analyse, research, and construct a sustained argument applicable to the content of this course.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu

Lecture 22
Private study 178

Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
  • Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
  • Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
  • Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
  • Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
  • Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
  • Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
  • Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
  • Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.

Sgiliau pwnc penodol

  • Articulacy in identifying underlying issues in a wide variety of debates.
  • Precision of thought and expression in the analysis and formulation of complex and controversial problems.
  • Sensitivity in interpretation of religious and philosophical texts drawn from a variety of ages and/or traditions.
  • Clarity and rigour in the critical assessment of arguments presented in such texts.
  • The ability to use and criticise specialised religious and philosophical terminology.
  • The ability to abstract and analyse arguments, and to identify flaws in them, such as false premises and invalid reasoning.
  • The ability to construct rationally persuasive arguments for or against specific religious and philosophical claims.
  • The ability to move between generalisation and appropriately detailed discussion, inventing or discovering examples to support or challenge a position, and distinguishing relevant and irrelevant considerations.
  • The ability to consider unfamiliar ideas and ways of thinking, and to examine critically presuppositions and methods within the disciplines of philosophy and religion.


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