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2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
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RELI 067 - (HP) Evil: Religious, Philosophic and Scientific Perspectives

Semester Hours: 3
Periodically
If God is good, then why is the world filled with such evil? Is the reality of evil an argument against the existence of God? And if God is not responsible for evil, then who is? What leads humans to do such horrible things to one another? The “problem of evil” is central to both theology and the philosophy of religion, and has been so for thousands of years. However, evil is not simply a problem for the religious but is one of the deepest challenges in creating just and stable human communities. In this course we will examine how both religious thinkers and secular philosophers have come to terms with evil. We will also look at contemporary scientific research on empathy and cruelty and consider what insight this may provide into the dark side of human nature.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
Credit given for this course or PHI 067 , not both.


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