Classes Begin

Classes begin today at Butler University. This semester I am teaching two core curriculum courses, one on the Bible and the other a freshman seminar on faith, doubt, and reason. My third course is an upper-level course on religion and science.

If you teach, what are you teaching this semester? If you are a student, what classes are you taking?

  • Erp

    Not a student/teacher but I will be auditing a course on logic. If I might ask, what are the readings for the seminar and the upper-level course?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      For the upper-level course, I’m using the volume on Religion and Science from the Very Short Introduction series, and supplementing that with relevant readings (articles and chapters from books) on the various topics – authors like Richard Dawkins, Stephen Jay Gould, Ken Miller, Ian Barbour, and even a little Behe and Whitcomb to give students a taste of that sort of thing.

      For the seminar, the students are reading:

      Immanuel Kant, “What is Enlightenment?”
      William Clifford, “The Ethics of Belief”
      J. L. Mackie, “Evil and Omnipotence”
      Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “Rebellion” (from The Brothers Karamazov)
      Excerpts from the Bible (Genesis and Job)
      Part of Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote.
      Descartes, René. Meditations on First Philosophy.
      Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust: Part One.
      Hume, David. Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.
      Plato. Euthyphro
      Tillich, Paul. Dynamics of Faith.


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