AP/PHIL2090 3.0 A: Intro. to the Philosophy of Religion

Offered by: PHIL


Summer 2019





Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite

Does God exist? Can religious belief be explained away? What is the relationship between faith and reason? Through a selection of classic readings, this course provides a survey of some central topics in the philosophy of religion.

Course Website

Many courses utilize Moodle, York University's course website system. If your course is using Moodle, refer to the image below to access it.

    Additional Course Instructor/Contact Details

Shyam Ranganathan


Office Location:  S446 Ross

Phone Number:  (416) 736-2100 Ext. 77543

Office Hours:  Monday 1:00 – 2:00 (by appointment only)

    Expanded Course Description

This course explores the idea of religion on a global scale,  from a philosophical perspective. A variety of philosophies characteristic of major world religions will be explored.

    Required Course Text / Readings

Readings are free to students enrolled in the course via Moodle.


    Weighting of Course

Participation: 40 %

Essay: 30 %

Final Exam: 30 %


With the exception of the final exam and an in-tutorial commentary, the class assignments are to be submitted to Moodle. All enrolled students should familiarize themselves with the class Moodle cite.  There are two non Moodle assignments: (a) one page commentary to be written in the tutorial of week  6 and (b) the final exam. All other commentaries and the one essay assignment are submitted via Moodle.

    Course Learning Objectives
  • Distinguish philosophical reasoning and argument from other forms of explanation.
  • Become familiar with the basic areas of philosophical theory.
  • Be able to write a philosophical paper.
  • Be able to identify and discuss historically important issues and contributions to the philosophy of religion.
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