Professor Tyler Roberts, Ph.D.

Professor Tyler Roberts
  • Grinnell College
  • Harvard University
Is religion so inherently intolerant that it will always be a source of violence in the world—or can religious faith be part of an intellectually vital, engaged, and realistic view of the world?

Dr. Tyler Roberts is Professor of Religious Studies at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, where he teaches courses in religions of the Western world, modern religious thought, theory and method in the study of religion, and religion and politics. After earning his A.B. in Philosophy and Religion from Brown University, Professor Roberts studied philosophy at Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, and religion at Harvard University, where he earned his M.T.S. and Th.D. at the Divinity School. His research interests include the intersection of religious and philosophical thought in the 19th and 20th centuries, the history and politics of the secular, and the nature and purpose of the academic study of religion. In 1998, he published Contesting Spirit: Nietzsche, Affirmation, Religion, which explores Nietzsche's criticisms of religion and Christianity. Since then he has published a number of essays in leading journals, including the Journal of the American Academy of Religion and The Journal of Religion. He also has published on philosophers such as Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Zizek, and Stanley Cavell. His second book, Encountering Religion in a Post-Secular Age, will be published by Columbia University Press.

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"Professor Roberts’ lecturing style is clear and measured. He is aware of the need for a degree of repetition when conveying complex ideas and knows how much material to repeat at the beginning of a lecture in order to remind us of its place in the series."

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10 Courses and Sets

  1. Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition

    Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition

    Tyler Roberts
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    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    In Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition, noted scholar and Professor Tyler Roberts leads you on a fascinating 36-lecture journey that will help you understand the more than 300-year-long debate about the nature of religious faith and its compatibility with reason. It's a debate that increasingly swirls around the role of religion in the public arena in fields such as...
  2. (Set) Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition & Reason and Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages  Set

    (Set) Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition & Reason and Faith: Philosophy in the Middle Ages

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
    Ponder some of the most intriguing questions in the historical interaction between religion and philosophy with this two-course set. Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition leads you on a fascinating journey that will help you understand the more than 300-year-long debate about the nature of religious faith and its compatibility with reason. Then, in Reason and Faith:...
  3. (Set)  Modern Intellectual Tradition & Skeptics and Believers Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition & Skeptics and Believers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
  4. (Set) Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life & Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life & Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Explore the intriguing intersection between philosophy and religion with this two-course set that may just change how you think about your life. Philosophy, Religion, and the Meaning of Life charts how the question about the meaning of life has been pursued through the ages by both religion and the Western philosophical tradition. Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition is a...
  5. (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition & Skeptics and Believers  Set

    (Set) Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition & Skeptics and Believers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,074.90 Starting at $1,074.90 $1,074.90 $1,074.90$1,074.90
    Strengthen your understanding of history's most powerful and enduring philosophical ideas and issues with this illuminating two-course set. Start by surveying Western intellectual thought as it extends from its origins in classical Greece up through the dilemmas of the late 20th century in Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition. Continue with Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the...
  6. (Set) Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition & Why Evil Exists  Set

    (Set) Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition & Why Evil Exists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Why does evil exist? Why should readers limit themselves to books from the Western literary canon? Find the answers to these two perplexing questions with this two-course set. Probe how civilizations have conceived of evil, grappled with it, and worked to oppose it in Why Evil Exists. Then, discover 12 new literary adventures that make worthy substitutes to works from the Western canon with The Skeptic's Guide to...
  7. (Set) Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition & Philosophy of Religion  Set

    (Set) Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition & Philosophy of Religion

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
    Investigate the intriguing historical relationship between philosophy and faith in this two-course set taught by two noted scholars and professors. Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition takes you on a fascinating journey through the more than 300-year-long debate about the nature of religious faith and its compatibility with reason. Philosophy of Religion explores questions...
  8. (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida & Skeptics and Believers  Set

    (Set) Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida & Skeptics and Believers

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
    Plunge into a fascinating wealth of (sometimes fierce) intellectual debate over some of civilization's most pressing issues with these two intriguing philosophy courses. Start by exploring the foundations of modern and contemporary Western approaches to reality and knowledge with The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida. Then, gain a greater understanding of the more than 300-year-long debate...
  9. (Set) Skeptics and Believers & Philosophy and Religion in the West  Set

    (Set) Skeptics and Believers & Philosophy and Religion in the West

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90
  10. (Set) Skeptics and Believers & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition  Set

    (Set) Skeptics and Believers & Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $749.90 $399.90$749.90