College Of Arts And Sciences | God and Evil
E103 | 0064 | O'Connor


4:00-5:15 TR BH 109
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
Michael Peterson, God and Evil
Albert Camus, The Plague
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain