Friday, October 9, 2009

Spring 2010 class - Introductory Topics in Philosophy: Faith, Reason and Christian Belief

(11 Oct 09 Update: Added Dallas Willard's new book to the required texts. I reviewed and recommended that book here a couple of months ago).

At Baylor University during the spring 2010 semester, I will be teaching an introductory philosophy course, PHI 1321.5, "Introductory Topics in Philosophy: Faith, Reason and Christian Belief." It will meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm. Here is a description of the course:
This course will introduce the student to the study of philosophy—including the areas of epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics—by way of looking at the role philosophy plays in thinking about Christian beliefs. Topics of discussion may include the existence of God, the relationship between faith and reason, relative and absolute ethics, religion and science, and the existence of the soul.
These are the required texts for the class:
  • Francis J. Beckwith, William Lane Craig, and J. P. Moreland, eds, To Everyone An Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004)
  • Kelly James Clark. Return to Reason: A Critique of Enlightenment Evidentialism and a Defense of Reason and Belief in God (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1990)
  • Garrett J. DeWeese and J. P. Moreland, Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult: A Beginner’s Guide to Life’s Big Questions (Downers Grove, IL InterVarsity, 2005)
  • Ralph McInerny. A First Glance at St. Thomas Aquinas: A Guide for Peeping Thomists (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 1990)
  • Dallas Willard. Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge (New York: HarperOne, 2009)


alaiyo said...

Sigh. I don't think I can make to Waco from my 8:00 class here in TN every week . . .

alaiyo said...

make "it" to Waco . . . Maybe I shouldn't be teaching composition, either . . .