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Podcast Profile: Philosophy of Religion

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17 episodes
2012
Median: 41 minutes
Collection: Philosophy


Description (podcaster-provided):

This series of eight lectures delivered by Dr T. J. Mawson at the University of Oxford in Hilary Term 2011, introduces the main philosophical arguments pertaining to the Western monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each lecture has an associated hand-out (two for the first lecture).


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Essential properties of God • Accidental properties of God • Ontological arguments • Cosmological arguments • Design argument • Religious experiences • Miracles • Problem of evil • Faith • Pascal's Wager

This podcast, titled "Philosophy of Religion," features a series of eight lectures delivered by Dr. T. J. Mawson at the University of Oxford during Hilary Term 2011. It aims to introduce listeners to the main philosophical arguments associated with the Western monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each lecture explores different aspects of religious philosophy and the conceptual framework surrounding the belief in God.

The content of the lectures focuses extensively on dissecting the essential and accidental properties of God. Early episodes delve into the nature of these properties, offering listeners a foundational understanding of how God is conceptualized within these monotheistic traditions.

A significant portion of the series is dedicated to examining arguments for the existence of God. The lectures cover a variety of classic philosophical arguments, including the Ontological, Cosmological, and Design arguments. These discussions provide a comprehensive overview of the different rationales that have been historically proposed to substantiate the belief in a divine entity.

Religious experience and miracles are also important themes within the series. The podcast addresses how personal experiences and purported miraculous events are interpreted as evidence of God's existence. This exploration potentially bridges philosophical reasoning with personal belief and anecdotal accounts.

Conversely, the podcast also addresses arguments against the existence of God. One major focus is the Problem of Evil, which is a significant philosophical challenge that questions how an omnipotent, omnibenevolent deity can coexist with the presence of suffering and evil in the world.

The series concludes by examining the concepts of faith and Pascal's Wager, which looks at belief in God from a perspective of risk and reward, addressing the practicality and rationality of faith.

Overall, this podcast provides listeners with a thorough exploration of key philosophical debates and arguments relating to Western monotheistic religions, focusing on both the affirmative and critical perspectives concerning the existence and nature of God.


Episodes:
Overview of the Philosophy of Religion Lecture Series (Handout) (Other Resource)
2012-May-02

1. The Essential Properties of God
2012-May-02
41 minutes
1. The Essential Properties of God (Other Resource)
2012-May-02

2. The Essential Properties of God (continued)
2012-May-02
45 minutes
2. The Essential Properties of God (continued) (Other Resource)
2012-May-02

3. The Accidental Properties of God
2012-May-02
43 minutes
3. The Accidental Properties of God (Other Resource)
2012-May-02

4. Arguments for the Existence of God - The Ontological and Cosmological Arguments
2012-May-02
41 minutes
4. Arguments for the Existence of God - The Ontological and Cosmological Arguments (Other Resource)
2012-May-02

5. Arguments for the Existence of God -The Design Argument
2012-May-02
40 minutes
5. Arguments for the Existence of God -The Design Argument (Other Resource)
2012-May-02

6. Arguments for the Existence of God - Religious Experience and Miracles
2012-May-02
42 minutes
6. Arguments for the Existence of God - Religious Experience and Miracles (Other Resource)
2012-May-02

7. Arguments against the Existence of God - The Problem of Evil
2012-May-02
40 minutes
7. Arguments against the Existence of God - The Problem of Evil (Other Resource)
2012-May-02

8. Faith and Pascal's Wager
2012-May-02
39 minutes
8. Faith and Pascal's Wager (Other Resource)
2012-May-02