There is a God

Wed, Oct 30

How does religious faith (or lack thereof) figure into the good life?  That's the topic of our third unit.  In this session, we will consider arguments that every rational person should believe God exists.  By the end of class:

  1. You will be able to define "natural theology" and distinguish it from other kinds of theology.
  2. You will understand the logical structure of Anselm and Aquinas's arguments for the existence of God.
  3. You will be able to marshal support for and raise objections to key premises in these arguments.

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PHILOSOPHICAL TEXT:

Interactive Essay: Natural Theology in Aquinas and Anselm

APPLICATION ARTICLES:

"The Late, Great Stephen Colbert" (GQ)

 

Do This:

In your GGL Journal, complete the following reflection questions:

  1. Do you think religious faith requires evidence or proof to be rational?  Why or why not?
  2. Is there a difference between religious faith and other forms of trust we have studied?  Why or why not?
  3. Stephen Colbert gives a defense of his religious faith in the end of the GQ article.  Is his defense an example of natural theology -- why or why not?  Do you think his reasoning is sound?

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