Philosophy of Religion : The Great Courses: Medieval & Religious Philosophy

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor James Hall
  • Series: The Great Courses: Medieval & Religious Philosophy
  • 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

These 36 intellectually challenging yet remarkably clear lectures take you on an intellectual journey to explore the questions of divine existence, not from the standpoint of theology, but as an issue of epistemology, the classic branch of philosophy that concerns itself with knowledge theory: how we can know things and how we can know we know them.
If you enjoy wrapping your mind around questions for which every potential answer triggers a new set of questions and issues, you will find this course particularly enjoyable, regardless of whether you define yourself as a believer, an atheist, or an agnostic. Professor Hall lays out many of the fundamental questions and issues related to the philosophy of religion: What do we mean by "God"? Consider the many characteristics of a monotheistic deity - including omnipotence, omniscience, omniperfection, and asceity.
Can we know if there is a God? Examine the ontological, cosmological, and teleological arguments for the existence of God and the problem of evil. Weigh the arguments and counterarguments for whether the existence of evil - sometimes natural and sometimes human - is compatible with the existence of a god.
You won't be surprised to discover that the issue of divine existence remains undecided after the arguments for and against have been put on the table and analyzed. This provocative course will hold the attention of believers, skeptics, and agnostics alike. While your mind may not be changed, it will definitely be put to work.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A well balanced course.

A difficult subject well explained, the professor covers a lot of ground and is even handed in his treatment of the subject matter. Most of the chapters are very interesting although the latter chapters about stories did not seem so interesting or critical to the subject . Well narrated.
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- Neil Green

Interesting listen

Where does Philosophy of Religion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Religions and their various aspects are an area of interest for me. The fact it is actually a lecture given by an academic, not just an audiobook, makes it even more attractive to me. It feels more authentic and at certain points I felt like sitting in a lecture hall listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Philosophy of Religion?

It is hard to say. There are many interesting points throughout all the book. It is a lecture, not a movie.

Have you listened to any of Professor James Hall’s other performances? How does this one compare?

It has been my first and so far only encounter with Professor Hall. One of the reasons I did purchase this book was the fact his voice felt well comprehensible and comfortable to listen.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not a film, but perhaps a documentary. Tag line? "Anything you ever wanted to know about Philosophy of Religion but were afraid to ask." ;-)

Any additional comments?

A book for anybody who wishes to educate her/himself.

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses