Religions and Cultures (RLCT) - The Roots of Evil

RLCT 2026  The Roots of Evil


Any 18 credits completed


Three hours of lecture per week for one term.




What is evil? Can evil be reconciled with belief in God? How are we to respond to evil? Is evil still a useful category? This course explores such questions from historical and contemporary perspectives as they relate to both secular and religious ideas. This includes examinations of evil in sacred and classical texts, as well as modern perspectives found in theology, philosophy, literature, and the sciences. Topics may include symbols of evil, human responsibility, theodicy, suffering, and structural evil.

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