The Problem of Evil

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With sixteen lectures and a Q&A session, Dr. David Schenk provides a logical response to the problem of evil. He presents William Rowe’s argument for the problem of evil as an argument against the existence of God. Then, using the work of several other theologians and philosophers, he begins to address Rowe’s propositions and conclusions. Using metaphors to help with these complex ideas, Dr. Schenk addresses the advantages and shortcomings of each argument.

Theodicy is a branch of theology that addresses the problem of evil and suffering. Throughout this course, Dr. Schenk draws upon a number of theodicies including Richard Swinburne’s virtue theodicy, asserting that God intends the virtues for humankind. Swinburne says that we “are cast into a world where adversity is already stitched in to develop virtue.” At the heart of these lectures is the question of how an angel can become a devil. To answer this question, Dr. Schenk builds upon the arguments of thinkers from late antiquity, including Augustine and Anselm. In doing so, he offers a satisfying response to the problem of evil while conjecturing, near the end of the course, that justice, autonomy, and beauty are all compelling impulses that could cause an angel to fall.

Finally, to supplement the course, Dr. Schenk offers some book recommendations to enhance your knowledge of this thorny topic.

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Course Content

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The Problem of Evil
Traditional Problem of Evil
Evidential Problem of Evil
Late Antiquity
Questions & Answers
End of Course Test
Open Registration

Course Includes

  • 19 Lessons
  • 40 Topics
  • 18 Quizzes
  • 1.06 CEUs
  • 6.40 Hours
  • Course Certificate