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|Title: ||RELS 220-01 and 02, Topics in Theology, Fall 2004|
|Authors: ||Webb, Elizabeth|
|Keywords: ||Religious Studies|
|Date Issued: ||16-Apr-2008|
|Series/Report no.: ||Syllabi CRN|
|Abstract: ||We will consider how the distinct issues of evil and suffering have been addressed by thinkers who represent significant Christian (and one Jewish) theological perspectives: from classical theism, to modern philosophical theism, to modern and contemporary theologies of liberation and compassion. Throughout the course, in order to provide a richer context for reflecting on evil and suffering, we will read literary texts alongside the theological. We will end with a particular literary account of suffering that calls into question various theological responses, in order to stretch our questions even further: does Christian theology really have anything to say about evil and suffering?
The goals of this course are as follows:
1) to become familiar with and make use of theological modes of thinking;
2) to understand theological perspectives on evil and suffering in their contexts;
3) to engage critically with particular theological interpretations, thus enhancing skills of analysis, comparison, and assessment;
4) to consider how other arenas of thought, in this case literature, may contribute to theological reflection, thus further enhancing critical thinking skills;
5) to develop and enhance skills of collaboration and presentation through opportunities for class leadership.
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|Description: ||This syllabus was submitted to the Rhodes College Office of Academic Affairs by the course instructor|
|Appears in Collections:||Religious Studies. Syllabi|
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