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Spring course announcement - Does God Exist?

213.34 Special Studies in Philosophy of Religion: William Lane Craig’s Campus Apologetics
Providence University College – April 22-26, 2013

Philosophy of religion is an academic discipline in which religious beliefs and the grounds for holding them are examined carefully with reason. To defend and commend the truth of a position with good reasons is to present an apology in the classical sense of the term (think of Plato’s Apology wherein Plato sets out arguments defending the innocence of Socrates who has been charged with a crime). Christian apologetics is an attempt to provide reasonable, truthful answers to questions such as these: Did Jesus resurrect from the dead? Do evil and suffering show that the God revealed by Jesus doesn’t exist? Is God a delusion?

Providence University College assistant professor of philosophy Dr. Hendrik van der Breggen is offering a one week course examining the apologetics of contemporary evangelical Christian philosopher William Lane Craig. The course will focus on Craig’s university campus work, especially his public debates with leading critics of Christianity. Discussion topics will include the nature and limits of apologetics, epistemology, arguments for and against the existence of God, arguments for and against Jesus’ resurrection, the relationship between ethics and God, the relationship between science and God, plus Craig’s “ultimate apologetic” (love).

This is a three credit hour, senior level course in philosophy which may be of interest to current students and members of the surrounding communities, whether specializing in philosophy or not.

This course is available as a graduate-level course on request (advisor approval required).

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