Religion in

REL 480.001
Problems of Evil

Dr. Nathan Loewen

Office: 3033 Houser Hall
Office Phone: 348-4218

Course: TR 9:30-10:45
Location: MA 210

About Online Readings

Some of the course's online readings are placed in a "secure" folder; you can only access these PDF files (Portable Document Format, that can be opened with the free Adobe Reader) by clicking each link and then entering the username/password given to you in class.

If you have difficulty accessing these readings, contact the instructor by email.



Depending upon your point of view, much is going wrong in the world. But what counts as "evil" may depend upon your viewpoint. This course is therefore about problems of evil (in the plural). This seminar explores the current academic discourses on evil alongside several alternative approaches to it. Our discussions will turn from evil, as a traditional Western challenge to the existence of God, towards considering what it may mean for "things to go wrong" according to a variety of global viewpoints.


Spring 2017 (PDF)

Books (required)

Neiman, Susan
Evil in Modern Thought
Princeton University Press, 2015
ISBN: 0691168504