Philosophy of Religion

Reading assignments: book PHILOSOPHY the quest for the truth 10th edition IBSN #9780190254773 Introduction: pages 56-60 The Five Ways— Thomas Aquinas (pages 60-63) The Watch and the Watchmaker –William Paley (pages 92-94) The Ontological Argument (from Proslogium) Anselm (pages 102-104) Gaunilo’s Criticism (page 104) This week we begin with a subfield of philosophy that deals with some very important fundamental questions, which have been asked by humans for a very long time. This is also a good time to remind ourselves about the principle of charity. We will see different viewpoints expressed, and that is okay as long as it is handled respectfully and thoughtfully. This subfield, be aware, might challenge the views of some in the class. Again, we must remember to be respectful of each other’s views. We can all have different opinions, which can lead to some terrific discussions! Make sure you read the introductory material, as it will offer a solid background into the philosophy of religion. Also, though the reading list may appear long, note that the individual readings are short. Do not try to rush through the readings. (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Post Question: After reading all of the arguments in favor of the existence of God, which of the following philosophers, Aquinas, Paley, or Anselm, makes the best case for the existence of God? Why? Provide evidence from the author’s text. Which of the three, do you think, has the weakest argument? Why? Again cite examples from the text.

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