Faith and Reason

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Doel vak

• Students have an introductory understanding of various issues in
• Students are thoroughly familiar with applications of these issues to
questions about faith and reason;
• Students have close reading skills;
• Students have developed several philosophical skills: critical
thinking, argumentation analysis, conceptual analysis, interpretation
and comparative analysis;
• Students know how to develop, present, discuss, and defend their own
philosophically rigorous arguments.

Inhoud vak

Are faith and reason diametrically opposed, as contemporary commentators
like Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett would have us believe? Or are
they different, complementary, or perhaps even mutually supportive? In
this course, we will explore some systematic perspectives on the
relation between faith and reason. We will do so by closely reading
selections from three ‘contemporary classics’ in analytic philosophy
of religion and epistemology. Together, these texts provide a solid
introduction to religious epistemology and particularly what has come to
be known as ‘reformed epistemology’. Since these works provide the
starting point for many later discussions about religious epistemology,
studying them carefully will put students in a good position to find
their own way in later debates.


Classes will be taught as a mix between traditional lectures and
interactive discussions, with presentations and active participation by


• Three short assignments to test comprehension of the assigned readings
• Final paper of approximately 2,500 words in which students evaluate
and interact with (a relevant selection of) the assigned readings (50%)


• William Alston. Perceiving God. Cornell University Press, 1991
• Richard Swinburne. Revelation, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2007
• Alvin Plantinga. Warranted Christian Belief. Oxford University Press,


Mandatory for students in the subprogramme Exploring a Discipline
"Philosophy and Religion", elective for Master's students of other

Algemene informatie

Vakcode W_FRFAR
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 400
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit Religie en Theologie
Vakcoördinator prof. dr. R. van Woudenberg
Examinator prof. dr. R. van Woudenberg
Docenten prof. dr. D.M.K.H. Grube MA
prof. dr. ir. G.J. de Ridder

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