Philosophy of Religion

Sunday, October 4, 2020. Chapter 1 Overview

Sunday, October 11, 2020. Chapter 2 Religions of the World

Sunday, October 18, 2020. Chapter 3 Science and Religion

Sunday, October 25, 2020. Chapter 4 Arguments for the Existence of God: Reason

Sunday, November 1, 2020. Chapter 5 Arguments for the Existence of God: Experience

Sunday, November 8, 2020  Chapter 6 The Problem of Evil

Sunday, November 15, 2020. Chapter 7 The Existence of Souls and the Resurrection

Sunday, November 22, 2020.  Chapter 8 Religious Language and Worldviews

Sunday, November 29, 2020. Chapter 9 Religion, Morality and Ethics

Sunday, December 6, 2020   Chapter 10 The Essence of Religion: A Definition of Religion

Philosophy aims


The aim of the philosophy course at HL and SL is to engage students in philosophical activity, enabling them to 1. develop an inquiring and intellectually curious way of thinking 2. arguments in a sound and purposeful way

3. examine critically their own experiences and their ideological and cultural perspectives

4. appreciate the diversity of approaches within philosophical thinking

5. apply their philosophical knowledge and skills to the world around them.

Week 1 10/4/20

Chapter 1 Written Assignment


Use any textbooks, reference works, and original sources.  Use proper citations, references, and quotation procedures.  Choose 2 religions from three of the four groups below and compare and contrast them concerning the following six topics or issues:

The notion of a deity

The nature of human beings

Divine providence or destiny

The problem of evil

Human suffering



I.       Early Forms:   Egypt, Africa, The Americas,  Greece, Rome

II.    India: Hinduism,  Buddhism,  Jainism,  Sikhism

III.  Asia:  Confucianism,  Taoism, Buddhism, Shintoism

IV. West ( Middle East):  Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity,  Islam

NOTE: You should be describing a total of SIX different religions.  You should show some familiarity with the characteristics of at least six different religions.  Be extensive in your descriptions.