College Of Arts and Sciences | God and Evil
E103 | 0065 | O'Connor, T.


The central topic of this course is the compatibility of God's
existence with the widespread suffering of our world. We will spend
some time getting clear on just what it is we are talking about, by
carefully exploring the concept of God in philosophical theology. In
the rest of the course, we will alternate between abstract
philosophical writing and more 'popular' treatments (in essay,
fiction, and film) of the question of God and evil. Some of these
sources treat the issue generically, while others develop the issue
in the context of traditional Christianity. By taking this course,
students will not only be able to acquire a firm grasp of the issue
at hand, but also have occasion to think about the nature of human
freedom, time, and the concept of probability and how it is used in
confirming theories, whether philosophical or scientific.
Another 'bonus feature' is that one may learn how to spot and assess
imaginative developments of certain age-old philosophical ideas in
pop culture, thereby joining that elite 5% of Americans who actually
think when they read and watch the flicks!

Course texts: William Wainwright, Philosophy of Religion; F.
Dostoevsky, The Grand Inquisitor; Albert Camus, The Plague; C.S.
Lewis, The Problem of Pain.