Expanded Classroom

God and the Mystery of Human Suffering

Spring 2020 Course


Rev. Robin Ryan, CP

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

Director of Master of Arts in Theology Program

Tuesdays, January 7 – April 7, 2020 @ 9 – 11:45 am

The stark reality of human suffering has challenged the minds of philosophers and religious thinkers through the ages. It also engages the minds and hearts of pastoral ministers. In this course, students explore the ways in which the mystery of human suffering has been addressed in the Bible, the theology of the early Church, medieval theology, and by modern thinkers such as Elie Wiesel, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Jürgen Moltmann, Edward Schillebeeckx, Gustavo Gutiérrez, and Elizabeth Johnson. Students are invited to enter into sustained reflection on the way in which they conceive of God’s relation to suffering people.

Special Online Format

This class is being offered in a modified distance-learning format. Lectures will be recorded and available on the class website. Those participating at a distance will be able to view the lecture at a convenient time, and then join a discussion with the faculty and other on-line students. The special one-time audit rate is $500. Participants seeking academic credit and/or not affiliated with a religious community will be required to complete a brief application for admission. Register or learn more by completing the form below or contact Janet Hoffman, by emailing academicservices@ctu.edu  or calling 773-371-5444.

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