Does God Exist?
Fun-Size Course Youth Course
April 4 – May 16, 2020
Philosophy is an undeniable element of our lives. Everybody does philosophy with or without being aware of it. Philosophy is all about “thinking about thinking”. One of the key questions of philosophy is the existence of God.
In this short “fun-size” course, for young people ages 15-20, we shall look at the question of God and consider some of the many things that others have said about it.
Some of the key questions that we shall try to address in this course are as follows:
Is there a God?
Can God’s existence be argued successfully?
What has been said on the issue?
What is atheism and theism?
What is the point of life if God knows everything that we are going to do?
Can the existence of eternal hell be justified given the fact that we only live around 100 years?
If God is all loving, all powerful and all knowing why is there evil?
Are there any inconsistencies and incoherence in God’s revelation?
Can the words of the prophets be taken as facts?
and many more.
Do join me for this 7-week, online, “fun-size” course designed for young people aged 15-20 beginning on Saturday April 4, 2020.
Does God Exist?
Instructor: Dr. Hakan Gök
When: Saturdays, April 4 – May 16, 2020 (7 weeks)
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST
Age: This course is designed for young people age 15-20
About the Instructor:
Dr Hakan Gök is a Research Fellow at the Center for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility at Leeds Beckett University. Hakan obtained his Masters and PhD in the UK. He studied atheism and theism focusing on the philosophy of Saïd Nursi, earning his PhD degree from Durham University. Hakan’s research interests are: the problem of evil and suffering, arguments for and against the existence of God, atheist philosophy, life and discourse of Ghazzālī, Rūmī and Sirhindī. He is on the advisory board of Mevlana International Journal of Moral and Values Education (MIJMVE). His previous papers are: ‘Multiculturalism in Turkey: Possible solutions to the Kurdish issue from The Risāle-i Nur’, ‘Is peaceful co-existence possible? Case of Mawlānā Jalāluddīn Rūmī’, A Comparison between Ahmad Sirhindī and Saïd Nursi’ and ‘Albert Camus and Saïd Nursi on the problem of evil.’
He is the author of Atheism or Theism: The Perspective of Said Nursi, editor of Selected Readings from The Risale-i Nur, and co editor of India-Turkey: History, Culture and Politics books. Hakan is currently living in Leeds. He is married with three daughters.