The University of St. Thomas

Evil & Suffering
Title:Evil & Suffering
Course Number:427
College:College of Arts & Sciences
Instructor:DelCogliano, Mark E
Time:1215 - 1320
Location:John Roach Center St Paul
Room:JRC 414
Credit Hours Start Date End Date Days Available Enrollment Maximum
4 09/04 12/20 M  -  W   -  F -3 23 20
Course Description:
This course analyzes some of the most profound evils of the modern era, and attempts to relate them to traditional and contemporary discussions of divine and human responsibility. It is especially concerned with the unique features of modern evils, including their presence in certain social structures, political systems and scientific technologies. Specific subjects for study, which will vary from year to year, may include, the Holocaust; slave trade; genocidal colonization in Africa, Asia, and the Americas; the threat of nuclear annihilation. the course investigates how religious faith might be re-interpreted in light of these evils, and whether the notion of a suffering deity is theologically appropriate for Christian faith. Prerequisite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103) and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115