Philosophy (PHL)


Introduces the beginning student to the discipline, divisions, vocabulary and principal issues of philosophy. The course singles out ontology (being) and epistemology (knowledge) for special emphasis and utilizes excerpts from the writing of both classic and contemporary philosophers to illustrate the historical movement of thought.

PHL 332      CAN RELIGION BE RATIONAL      Credits: 3

Westboro Baptist Church. The Roman Catholic priest sex scandal. Islamic terrorism. Israeli aggression. Jim Jones. Religion has sometimes taken forms that are not only hard to comprehend rationally, but are downright dangerous. However, it has also taken forms that have benefited society such as the creation of hospitals, charities, development projects, and care for the weak. This course will investigate the disconnect between a rationality that can serve the world and a perceived irrational religion particularly the Abrahamic scriptural religions. Can such religions be beneficial, rational enterprises?
Prerequisites: REL 221 or REL 221 with a D or higher.

PHL 361      INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS      Credits: 3

This course will explore the theory and practice of ethics from the Christian perspective, including an overview of personal ethics and critical examination and discussion of major social ethical issues such as sexuality, abortion, the death penalty, cloning, and assisted suicide.