Loyola University Chicago

Department of Philosophy

PHIL 271: The Philosophy of Religion

PHIL 271: The Philosophy of Religion

The Generic Catalog Description

This course is an inquiry into religious belief with respect to the truth it discloses. Typical subjects include: the reality of God or other objects of religious belief, the justification of such belief, the logic of religious belief in relation to that of other kinds of belief, the nature of religious experience.


PHIL 271: The Philosophy of Religion

James Harrington

In this course we will examine one of the fundamental questions of human existence: should, or could, a reasonable person believe in the existence of a divine being, e.g. the Christian God?

Topics covered will include:

  • Can we prove beyond doubt that God exists?
  • Does the existence of suffering provide a definitive reason to believe that God does not exist?
  • Can a reasonable person believe in the existence of God even in the absence of direct evidence or definitive proof of his existence?
  • Should a reasonable person want God to exist?