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Why Would a Loving God Allow Evil, Pain, and Suffering? (1 CEU) THEO-N019 (October 12 - Nov. 2, 2020) Tuition: $165
Enjoy a three week online seminar with Instructor, Steven R. Hemler, president of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America (CAINA) and author of The Reality of God: The Layman's Guide to Scientific Evidence for the Creator and Search No More: The Keys to Truth and Happiness.
If God loves us so much and is so powerful, why does God allow us to suffer from the effects of evil human behavior, physical and emotional pain, and natural disasters? This three-week online apologetics seminar looks at how the greatest Christian thinkers of all times have dealt with the problem of pain and the mystery of suffering. This includes exploring why God would allow moral evil and natural evil, and ways suffering can help us find the proper perspective in life.
Personal testimonies, including from the lives of the saints, show how suffering can teach us spiritual truths, build our character, and stimulate growth in sanctity and holiness. Christians are challenged to view suffering and hardships as signs of God’s love as well as opportunities for spiritual growth by focusing on Jesus who experienced pain and suffering himself and deeply cares about the sufferings we undergo. Understanding the purpose of suffering should cause one to become better, instead of bitter. As such, this apologetics seminar will support participants as they undertake the Spiritual Works of Mercy to “comfort the afflicted,” “counsel the doubtful” and “instruct the uninformed.”
This seminar is one of six seminars comprising the Certificate in Apologetic offered by Catholic Distance University.
Week One: Why does God allow moral evil (evil human behavior)?
Week Two: Why does God allow natural evil (earthquakes, disease, etc.)?
Week Three: Suffering and the Purpose of Life