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God and the Mystery of Human Suffering

  • Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, St. John’s Seminary
12 Lectures (5 CDs) Including Electronic Study Guide


List: $119.95

Sale: $47.95


List: $119.95

Sale: $47.95

List: $119.95

Sale: $47.95

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We recommend this course to all thoughtful Catholics who have reflected on God and suffering.

Explore the approaches to suffering found in the Bible with gifted presenter Fr. Robin Ryan, C.P., Ph.D. You will examine the classical Christian perspectives on God found in the writings of Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, and then explore the insights of significant Jewish and Christian thinkers who have reflected on God and suffering in modern times.

After looking at the Scriptures and the thought of Augustine and Aquinas, you will listen to the reflections of two men whose lives were irrevocably changed by the Holocaust: Elie Wiesel and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Then you will explore the ideas of Jürgen Moltmann, Edward Schillebeeckx, Gustavo Gutiérrez, and Elizabeth Johnson. Finally, Fr. Ryan will offer his own ideas about a theological and spiritual approach to the mystery of suffering.

Every believer grapples with the experience of suffering in his or her life. This series will help you reflect on different perspectives in order to talk about God and suffering in ways that are both faithful to our tradition and responsive to real experience. The material presented in this program has direct implications for your own reflection and for pastoral care to suffering people. It also touches on resources for prayer in the midst of the experience of suffering.

Encounter these powerful reflections and gain valuable insights into your own spiritual life today. 


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Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:

1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.

About Your Presenter

Fr. Robin Ryan, C.P., Ph.D., is an award-winning professor, celebrated author, and experienced retreat leader. He is currently an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Catholic Theological Union. After receiving his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America, he taught theology at Saint John’s Seminary in Boston and at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago for fifteen years. A Passionist priest and leader, Fr. Ryan has spent many years in retreat ministry, and he leads retreats for laity, religious, and clergy across the country. He served as the Director of Bishop Molloy Passionist Retreat House in Queens, New York, from 1996 to 2000.

Fr. Ryan is the editor and co-author of Catholics on Call: Discerning a Life of Service in the Church (Liturgical Press, 2010) and the author of God and the Mystery of Suffering: A Theological Conversation Through the Ages (Paulist Press, 2011). He has written many articles on theological and spiritual themes, and he is also the English-language editor and contributing author of the Dictionary of the Passion. Fr. Ryan was the founding director of Catholics on Call at CTU, and he is currently a member of the leadership team of the Passionist congregation in the Eastern Uni...

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Topic Titles

  • Introduction to the Mystery
  • Perspectives on Suffering in the Hebrew Scriptures
  • The Book of Job and the Suffering of God in the Old Testament
  • The New Testament
  • Early Church, Aquinas, Classical Theism
  • Elie Wiesel
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Jürgen Moltmann
  • Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Gustavo Gutiérrez
  • Elizabeth Johnson
  • Final Reflections

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  1. god-mystery-human-suffering Audio Bundle: The Spirituality of Dying and Death + God and the Mystery of Human Suffering - 10 CDs Total $74.95
  2. god-mystery-human-suffering Video/Audio Bundle: The Spirituality of Dying and Death + God and the Mystery of Human Suffering - 8 Discs Total $94.95
  3. god-mystery-human-suffering Bundle: God and the Mystery of Human Suffering + Introduction to Catholic Theology - 14 CDs Total $114.95

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Big help! Review by Dcn. C.J.
Explanations of suffering that are not just scriptural, but clinical/pastoral as well. Big help. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
This course offers a comprehensive survey of the relationship between the place of God in human suffering Review by Fr. Peter
This course offers a comprehensive survey of the relationship between the place of God in human suffering, particularly in the light of modern events such as the Shoah and the response of contemporary theologians especially to this and other events. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
He provides sufficient explanations to make some of the more challenging concepts understandable. Review by Steven
Dr. Ryan covers the Biblical perspectives on why bad things happen to good people and then covers not only early and medieval Christian writers but also recent theologians, Catholic and protestant. He provides sufficient explanations to make some of the more challenging concepts understandable.
(Posted on 11/23/2015)
* Review by Kerry Ninemire, Junction City, KS
Thoughtful. Easy to follow, and yet had much depth. (Posted on 4/14/2015)
Excellent Review by Faithful Student
This is an excellent, well done presentation. Please offer more courses by Prof. Ryan - also would prefer DVDs to CDs. Thanks! (Posted on 8/6/2012)

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