Unthinkable Suffering: The Problem of "the Problem of Evil"|
Spring 2016 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
This course will explore the difficulties of reconciling the existence of evil and suffering in the world with the existence of an omnipotent and benevolent God. How have Christian philosophers and theologians sought to justify God by redefining, relativizing, or even explaining away evil? We will explore traditional efforts to set forth "theodicies," or justifications of God's goodness, as well as the inadequacy of these schemes in the face of the horrors of the 20th century. How is it possible to account for evil that surpasses all understanding or suffering that is too great to explain away? How, in other words, can thinking think the unthinkable?
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)