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Philosophy 2 Pages

Philosophy Of Religion



Philosophy of Religion Mid-Term Examination (40% of Total Grade) 

PART A (25%) 

The first half of this course has examined the NATURE of GOD within the major theistic religious traditions of the world, WEST and EAST, by interpreting and analyzing TWO COSMOGONIES (myths of creation); GENESIS, Chapter One, and THE LAWS OF MANU, Chapter One. Reference was also made to the PROBLEM OF EVIL that arrives from the belief that the CREATOR GOD is GOOD in essence.


You are to analyze and interpret, in detail these two COSMOGONIES in order to highlight the SYMBOLIC WORLD VIEWS, characteristic of later JUDAIC, CHRISTIAN and ISLAMIC traditions (GENESIS) and HINDU traditions (THE LAWS OF MANU). Finally you are to conclude your essay with a discussion of the PROBLEM OF EVIL as interpreted by JUDAIC, CHRISTIAN, ISLAMIC and HINDU religious traditions.

PART B (15%) 

The Medieval Philosophers, IBN RUSD, MAIMONIDES and THOMAS AQUINAS developed COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENTS for the EXISTANCE of GOD to provide a RATIONAL basis for the REVELATION given to the prophets along the line of time. Asserting that MYSTICAL EXPERIENCE is an equally valid basis for religious knowledge, HINDU ABSOLUTISTS, and BUDDHISTS deny the existence of GOD.


You are to present the COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENTS for the existence of GOD, and then you are to analyze the HINDU and BUDDHIST world views that deny the existence of God. Finally, from your point of view, can the existence or non-existence of GOD be rationally proven by philosophical arguments, whether based upon reason or upon mystical experience?


Title: Philosophy Of Religion
Length: 2 pages (550 Words)
Style: MLA


The laws of Manu

The laws of Manu are referred to as the West. They were given by Brahma to govern the universe as well as the human race. They describe the creation myth according to Hindu beliefs. The world was without light or anything that is in it. The Supreme Being created all that is in the world in accordance with his will. He wanted to create life from his body; thus, he created waters and put his seed into them. From this water came a golden egg that produced Brahmin, who was male. The golden egg was split to form heaven and earth. He developed an ego, a mind, and self-awareness through which he grew sensory organs. The great one joined small particles to create all beings (Muller 12).


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