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PHL 356 Religious Diversity (3 credits)

The course deals with the ways in which philosophers and theologians have reacted to the fact of religious diversity. Is one religion true and the others false (Exclusivism)? Should the truth of one religion serve as the criterion for judging the truth of all others (Inclusivisim)? Are all religions true for the people who believe in them (Relativism)? Does each religion represent an independent valid vision of the truth (Pluralism)? The course will introduce students to a number of non-Christian religions. Special attention will be given to the writings of John Hick, a well-known defender of the pluralist view. Satisfies third-level GER in Philosophy: GEP Faith Reason.