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Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

This course explores the Western philosophical tradition of reasoned reflection on religious belief.  Our questions will include: what are the most important arguments for, and against, belief in God?  How does religious belief relate to the deliverances of the sciences, in particular to evolutionary theory?  How can we reconcile religious belief with the existence of evil?  What is the relationship between religion and morality?  In attempting to answer these questions we will read work by Plato, Augustine, Anselm, Nietzsche, and Freud, as well as some recent texts.

Course Code

PHIL 25120




High School Students
UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates



Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

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Primary Instructor

Benjamin Callard


Session II

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  • Eligibility: current high school sophomores and juniors, 14 years and older (unless clearly stated otherwise); current College undergraduate students; and visiting undergraduate students.
  • The Priority application deadline is February 2. Students who apply by the Priority application deadline will have their $50 application fee waived. Any applications received after the Priority deadline will be admitted using rolling admission and will require a $50 application fee. 
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 2 in order to allow enough time to complete the visa application process.
  • Rolling admissions: courses fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.

Additional Details

  • Orientation for high school students is July 7-8.

Cost & Aid

Tuition is $4,085 per course. (Full-time registration is two courses taken during the same session.)
Additional fees apply; housing and dining costs not included.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.