Unthinkable Suffering: The Problem of "the Problem of Evil"|
Fall 2008 not offered
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
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)
JOB; selections from St. Augustine, Leibniz, Immanuel Kant, Emmanuel Levinas, Dorothee Soelle
Jurgen Moltmann, THE SUFFERING GOD
Kenneth Surin, THEOLOGY AND THE 'PROBLEM OF EVIL'
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, LETTERS AND PAPERS FROM PRISON
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three critical papers, full attendance and participation.