God and Evil

Dean Zimmerman (Philosophy)

The Western monotheisms have converged upon a conception of God as “the most perfect possible person” — perfect in power, knowledge, and moral rectitude.  All three traditions face the same dilemma:  How to reconcile this conception of God with the evident existence of evil — suffering, ignorance, moral turpitude, and other non-optimal states. There have been many responses to the difficulty of reconciling the existence of evil with an omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent deity.  The seminar will be a survey of the most promising.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 70 index 14970