Philosophy 3600 - Philosophy of Religion



PR = our main text = Rowe and Wainwright's Philosophy of Religion: Selected Readings, Third Edition = this book


  1. Rowe, Introduction to Part I of Philosophy of Religion, pp. 2-5 in PR
  2. Rowe, back of syllabus
  3. Findlay, "Can God's Existence Be Disproved," pp. 19-23 in PR
  4. Aquinas, "The Omnipotence of God," PR, pp. 59-61.
  5. Clarke, "Can God Do Evil," PR, pp. 62-63
  6. Wielenberg, "Omnipotence Again," Faith and Philosophy 17 (2000): 26-47. Read only §§ 1, 4, 5. That is: YOU CAN SKIP SECTIONS 2 AND 3 OF THIS PAPER (but do glance through them, to get a flavor for how complicated analyses of omnipotence can get).
  7. Plato, excerpt from the Euthyphro
  8. Craig and Sinnott-Armstrong, passages from God? A Debate Between a Christian and an Atheist (Oxford, 2004).
  9. Augustine, excerpt from On Free Choice of the Will.
  10. Pike, "Divine Omniscience and Voluntary Action," pp. 44-58 in PR.
  11. Plantinga, "On Ockham's Way Out," Faith and Philosophy 3 (1986): 235-269.
  12. Boethius, "Divine Foreknowledge and Freedom of the Will," pp. 24-32 in PR.
  13. Pascal, "The Wager," pp. 444-446 in PR.
  14. Hacking, "The Logic of Pascal's Wager," pp. 446-455 in PR.
  15. Hájek, "Pascal's Wager," in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  16. Anselm, "The Ontological Argument," pp. 95-97 in PR.
  17. Descartes, "A Supremely Perfect Being Must Exist," pp. 102-104 in PR.
  18. Gaunilo, "The Perfect Island Objection," pp. 97-98 in PR.
  19. Anselm, "Reply to Guanilo," pp. 98-101 in PR.
  20. Kant, "On the Impossibility of an Ontological Proof," pp. 104-108 in PR.
  21. Plantinga, "A Modal Version of the Ontological Argument, " pp. 108-125 in PR.
  22. Paley, "The Evidence of Design," pp. 155-161 in PR.
  23. Van Inwagen, "The Wider Teleological Argument," pp. 172-183 in PR.
  24. Leibniz, first section of "The Argument Reduced to Syllogistic Form," pp. 216-217 in PR.
  25. Rowe, "The Problem of Evil and Some Varieties of Atheism," pp. 242-251 in PR.
  26. Hick, "The 'Soul-Making' Theodicy," pp. 251-259 in PR.
  27. Plantinga, "The Free Will Defense," pp. 259-284 in PR.
  28. Wielenberg, excerpt from Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe (Cambridge, 2005).
  29. Lewis, "Evil for Freedom's Sake?" Philosophical Papers 22 (1993): 149-172.
  30. [optional] Pereboom, "The Problem of Evil," from The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Religion, William E. Mann, ed., (Blackwell Publishers).