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Last updated: APRIL 19, 2006
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07-322 Class Notes' Website, Winter 2006
"GOD and ATHEISM in Western Culture"
Dr. B. L. Whitney, B.A., Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy of Religion, Christianity, Religion & Culture
Class Email: please use the course number (07-323) in the subject area (or your mail may be missed)
Phone: please use email to contact the professor
Professor's Office: 7104 Lambton Tower (7th floor)
Office Hours: Jan 10-April 13, 2006: Tues and Thurs, 2:10-3:40

OFFICIAL COURSE OUTLINE: Check this for Assigned Readings, Student Obligations, Required Texts, Important Dates, Protocol for Class, TEST and FINAL EXAM informatoin, etc., This "Course Outline" -- including this webpage -- is the official outline for the Winter 2006 version of the course, and REPLACES any and all brief, more general outlines published in the University of Windsor calendar and on the Registrar's webpage.

ASSIGNED TEXTS
1. Ronald Nash, Worldviews in Conflict
2. Web documents and various items in the Library's Reserve Reading

WEEKLY SCHEDULE of TOPICS and ASSIGNED READINGS
The readings assigned for each week may not necessarily be discussed in class in the order they are listed below. This depends on the flow of the class and, thus, this schedule is revised after each clas to reflect which readings have been discussed in the completed classes.
Week 1-Jan 10: [First class]: Introduction
Week 2-Jan 17: Theism and Atheism stats: World Religions (chart only); Canada: (1st, 5th, 6th, 8th tables); Scientists and Atheism; Worldview of the Media
Week 3-Jan 24: Nash, WVC book, preface, chs 1, 3; Logical Fallacies 1; 2
Week 4-Jan 31: ---no class today: Professor at conference---
Week 5-Feb 7: Naturalism: Naturalism Basics, Consequences, Spirituality
Week 6-Feb 14: Secular Humanism: Humanist Manifestos 1, 2, 3; Responses to Secular Humanism 1: Religion, Ethics, Humanity; Responses 2 and 3
Week 7-Feb 21: More Responses: Naturalism, Nihilism; Nash, WVC, chs 4, 7 (pgs 80-92)
Week 8-Feb 28: Winter Break Week (Study Week)
Week 9-March 7: Midterm Test at 4:00
Week 10-March 14: Humanism and Religion: Religious Humanism 1; and Religious Humanism 2; Class video
Week 11-March 21: WC chapters 4 and 7: This class completed the discussion of natualism-secular humanism by summarizng the main aspects of this worldview and then applying the 3 worldview tests to it
Week 12-March 28: The New Age worldview (WVC ch 8) and the Theistic worldview (WVC ch 2): This class compared the three worldviews today, according to 10 worldview aspects. The second half of the class replayed the "Religion in the Classroom" video (from March 14).
Week 13-April 04: Arguments for God's Existence: This class discussed the problem of evil (the test of rationality re: the validity of theism): WVC ch 5 (pgs 93-99) and WVC ch 6. The class also discussed the cosmological and teleological arguments for God and the criticisms.
Week 14-April 11: This final class continued the discussion of arguments for the existence of God. Be certain to study the web documents that are assigned! They give basic information about the Cosmological, Teleological, Ontological, and Moral (Conscience) arguments, as well as teleological argument from History and a summary of Pascal's wager argument (not all of which were discussed in class but are officially assigned): Pascal; Reasons for Belief; Arguments for God, Who Created God?
Week 15-April 18: Classes end April 14
Week 16-April 25: Final Exam at 3:30 (Faculty of Education Building, Room 1101)
PREPARATION FOR THE FINAL EXAM: Lecture Notes from February 21-April 11; Assigned readings (as listed above) from February 21-April 11, including the WVC book, chapter 1 (intro), chapter 2 (theism), chapter 3 (tests, etc.), chapter 4 (pages 80-92: tests of naturalism), chapter 5 (pages 93-99), chapter 6, chapter 7 (naturalism-and testing it); chapter 8 (new age and testing it). Note: there are EIGHT web documents assigned for the weeks from February 21-April 11. The exam is shorter than the midterm. There are about 80 multiple choice questions from the 8 web docs, the 8 chapters (WVC ch1-8) and the lecture notes/overheads on the theistic proofs, etc.

DETAILED OUTLINE of WEEKLY TOPICS and ASSIGNED READINGS

PART ONE: Introduction: Stats and Worldviews Basic Stats: Theism and Atheism [more religion & culture stats: 07-100]
Web: World Religions: religious vs non-religious (chart only)
Web: America (USA): religious and non-religious stats (chart)
Web: Canada 1: religious and non-religious (tables 1, 5, 6, 8 only)
Web: Canada 2: religious and non-religious (1st and last charts only)
Web: Scientists and Atheism
Web: Science and God Web: Worldview of the Media
Web: Beliefs of Ivy League Profesors
Web: Religious Beliefs of Natural and Social Scientists
Worldviews and Tests
Text: Nash, WVC, ch 1, ch 3
Library Reserve: Reason and Religious Belief, ch 3
Web: Worldviews
Web: Logical Fallacies 1
Web: Logical Fallacies 2
Web: Logical Fallacies 3
Web: Testing Worldveiws and Beliefs

PART TWO: Theism and Atheism Naturalism (Secular Humanism, Agnosticism, Skepticism)
Theism
Text: Nash, WVC, ch 2
Text: Nash, WVC, ch 5 and 6 [theodicy: 07-323]
Text: Nash, WVC, ch 9
Web: Theistic Worldview
Web: Theism: Basic Beliefs
Web: Theism: Ecclesiastes and the Meaning of Life
Atheistic Naturalism and Theistic Responses
Text: Nash, WVC, ch 4, ch 7
Web: The Enlightenment and Belief in God
Web: The Breakdown of Religious Knowledge
Web: Humanist Manifestos 1, 2, 3
Web: Naturalism: Basic Beliefs
Web: Naturalism: Consequences
Web: Naturalism: Spirituality
Web: Naturalism: Spirituality without Faith
Web: Naturalism: Free Will
Web: Council for Secular Humanism
Web: Atheism, Agnosticism, Humanism
Web: Sire, Naturalism (UND ch 4)
Web: Sire, Nihilism (UND ch 5)
Web: Secular Humanism
Web: Atheism; Agnosticm, Humanism
Web: Berge, Theistic Response to the Humanist Manifesto: "Religion", "Ethics", "The Individual"
Web: Passantinos, Response to the Humanist Manifestos (Passantinos); Part Two
Web: McDowell, Secular Humanism and Response
Web: McDowell, Atheism, Agnosticism, and Skepticism and Resp
onse
Web: Schwertley, Secular Humanism
Video
: Debate re: Theism vs Naturalism
Video
: Secular Humanism and Religion and related article 1 (or here); 2; 3, 4; 5; 6
Web: Whitehead's epistemology: Cobb; Haught
Note: For the debate between theists and naturalistic scientists and atheistic evolution: 07-232: Religion and Science

PART THREE: Arguments for God's Existence
Introductory
Web: Whitworth, Why Isn't the Evidence for God Clearer?
Web: Kreeft, Reasons for Belief in God
Web: Arguments for God's Existence (several)
Web: The Newdow-Knechtle Debate (several)
Video: Debate: Craig vs Atkins on God's existence
Miracles
Web: Miracles (Kreeft)
Web: Miracles (Craig)
Web: Miracles (Geisler)
Web:
Miracles and the Catholic Church
Web: Miracles
Web: Miracles
Library Reference: Hudson, Philosophy of Religion, ch 6
Moral Arguments
Web: Kreeft: Moral Arguments
Web: Christopher, Truth and Morality
Web: Koukl, Does Evolution Explain Morality?
Web: C.S. Lewis' Moral Argument
Web: Barna stats on Morality
Web: Beckwith, Moral Relativism
Web: Craig-Taylor Debate on God and Morality
Web: The Martin-Frame Debate
Web:
Video: Moral Relativism (Beckwith, Koukl)
Cosmological Arguments
Library Reserve: Hudson, Philosophy of Religion, ch 3
Web: Cosmological Arguments
Web: Debate: The Craig-Smith Debate on God's Existence
Web: Kalam Cosmological Argument :
Web: God and the Beginning of the Universe
Web: Who Created God?
Teleological and Anthropic Arguments
Web: Craig, Teleological Argument and Anthropics
Web: Rolston, Scientific Evidence for God
Web: Ross, Scientific Evidence for God
Web: Hannergraaft, Evolution by Natural Causes Alone?
Web: The Heavens Declare God's Glory
For more on natualistic evolution: 07-xxx (Religion and Science)
Video: Intelligent Design
Ontological Arguments
Web: Ontological Argument
Web: Another summary
Web: Hartshorne's version
Arguments from Faith, Religious Expoerience and Mysticism
Library Reserve: Y. Hudson, The Philosophy of Religion:, ch 6
Library Reserve: Sir Alistar Hardy, The Spirtual Nature of Man
Web: Wade, Pascal
Web: Pascal:
Web: Wade, Divine Revelation
Web: Swinburne, The Justification of Theism
Web: Religious Experience, Revelation, and Faith
Web: Religious Experience and the Principle of Credulity
Web: Alston, Relgious Experience
Web: Kreeft, How to Know God
Web: Hardy, Religious Experience Research Centre
Web: Dulle, Why Theology is Important
Web: Faith, Revelation, and Reason