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Unit Overview


This unit assesses the coherence/incoherence of theism through a critical examination of concepts and problems associated with theistic faith in Western religious thought. It examines the adequacy of proposed solutions to some of the perennial and most troublesome problems that theists (and atheists) who reflect on their beliefs from a philosophical perspective have had to face. Alternative concepts of deity (pantheism, deism and panentheism) are also examined. Readings are drawn from classical and contemporary sources in philosophy and philosophical theology. Areas of enquiry include arguments for and against the existence of God, the divine attributes, the problem of evil, miracles, mystical experience, the nature of religious faith, religious language, and immortality and the nature of the soul.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Philosophy major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a critical understanding of central topics in the philosophy of religion; (2) independently interpret complex philosophical texts in the philosophy of religion from a variety of historical and contemporary sources; (3) evaluate and compare complex philosophical arguments and positions in central topics in the philosophy of religion

; and (4) demonstrate advanced written communication and research skills in argument construction about concepts in the philosophy of religion.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) one to two research essays; (2) an end-of-semester examination; and (3) class participation and presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Andrew Milne
Unit rules
PHIL2211 Philosophy of Religion
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week
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