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God, Eternity and Free Will – 21st-Century Perspectives

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Nikk Effingham (University of Birmingham) explores 21st century perspectives on God, eternity, and free will from Alvin Plantinga and Richard Swinburne. In the first module, we look broadly at Alvin Plantinga’s philosophy of religion, and his modern takes on traditional arguments for the existence and human knowledge of God. In the second module, we look at Plantinga’s libertarian notion of free will, and its application in theodicy. In the third module, we introduce the problem of prescience, before turning to Plantinga’s response to the problem of prescience in the fourth module, In the fifth module, we examine Richard Swinburne’s three arguments for a timely God. Finally, in the sixth module, we expand our scope of enquiry to investigate further contemporary philosophers on modern debates in philosophy of religion.

About the Lecturer

Dr Nikk Effingham is senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham, specialising in metaphysics, philosophy of time (mainly time travel), philosophy of religion, and philosophy of epidemiology. His recent publications include An Introduction to Ontology (2013) and (co-authored with Helen Beebee and Philip Goff) Key Concepts in Metaphysics (2010).