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Beginner Level
Approx. 14 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Introduction to the course

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 7 min), 4 readings
2 videos
Professor Duncan Pritchard introduces the course3m
4 readings
About this course10m
Course assessments and exercises10m
Course textbook10m
Introductory Reading: Faith and Rationality10m
1 hour to complete

Mind, Science, and Religion

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
Lecture 1.2: Religious Belief and Embodiment4m
Lecture 1.3: Neural Correlates of Religious Belief7m
Lecture 1.4: Religious Belief and the Cognitive Science of Religion8m
Lecture 1.5: Religious Belief Disproved?3m
2 readings
Introductory Reading: Does Contemporary Neuroscience Debunk Religious Belief?10m
Find out more...!10m
3 practice exercises
Test your understanding4m
Test your understanding2m
Module Quiz6m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Science and Religion in the Public Realm

1 hour to complete
5 videos (Total 45 min), 1 reading, 6 quizzes
5 videos
Lecture 2.2 - Possible conflict between religion and science4m
Lecture 2.3 - Official Christian stances on the conflict9m
Lecture 2.4 - Views on human origins12m
Lecture 2.5 - Is the religious public in moral conflict with science?9m
1 reading
Religion and Science: Beyond the Epistemological Conflict Narrative10m
6 practice exercises
Test your understanding4m
Test your understanding2m
Test your understanding2m
Test your understanding4m
Module Quiz6m
Assess the reading critically10m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

Religious Disagreement and Friendly Theism/Atheism

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 47 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
4 videos
Lecture 3.2 - Social epistemology23m
Lecture 3.3 - Implications for religious epistemology9m
Lecture 3.4 - Conclusion3m
3 readings
Introductory Reading: Are Theism and Atheism Totally Opposed?10m
Further reading10m
Testimony and the Transmission of Religious Knowledge10m
4 practice exercises
Test your understanding!6m
Test your understanding!6m
Module Quiz6m
Assess the reading critically2m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

The Hiddenness Argument and the Contribution of Philosophy

4 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
5 videos
Lecture 4.2 - Main objections to the argument6m
Lecture 4.3 - Responses to the objections14m
Lecture 4.4 - The relationship between religion and science7m
Lecture 4.5 - Philosophy's contribution to the theism debates5m
2 readings
Introductory Reading: Is God Hidden, Or Does God Simply Not Exist?10m
Divine Hiddenness and Human Philosophy10m
5 practice exercises
Test your understanding6m
Test your understanding2m
Module Quiz6m
Test your understanding4m
Assess the reading critically2m

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