2020-2021 Accelerated Undergraduate Catalog

THE 313 Theology of Suffering

Students preparing to minister in a fallen world need a solid theological understanding of the causes and consequences of personal suffering. This course is designed to surface the reality and scope of human suffering in the world, particularly as a result of illness, poverty, and individual and corporate evil, and to explore and evaluate various responses to this reality. Key biblical passages on sin, suffering, and evil are studied using exegetical techniques and are synthesized to develop an evangelical biblical theology of suffering. Finally, conclusions concerning the meaning and proper response to suffering based on this theological foundation are compared to classic Christian perspectives and current Christian and secular approaches. 3 credits. THE 105 & THE 223