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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
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Why is there pain in the world? Why do bad things happen to good people? How can you reconcile the reality of human suffering with the existence of a merciful God?

You have no doubt wrestled with these questions. Now, this moving course offers you well-considered theological perspectives—and some heart-warming insights—on the mystery of suffering. In 12 lectures, you’ll eavesdrop on the important and vigorous conversation that has taken place in Judeo-Christian tradition since time immemorial.  

A priest and veteran professor of systematic theology, Father Robin Ryan has lectured widely on the topic of suffering. It’s a thorny subject that he routinely finds himself confronted with in his pastoral duties—at hospitals, nursing homes, and funeral parlors. In 2011, he published the book God and the Mystery of Human Suffering: A Theological Conversation Across the Ages (Paulist Press), from which this audio program is loosely adapted.

Coupled with the warmth of his delivery, Fr. Ryan’s anecdotes lend sensitivity to questions that often flout logic, conventional wisdom, or our sense of justice and proportion. The accompanying study guide will help you reflect on those teachings, and is ideal for use in group settings.

The goal of this series is to help you, as a believer, engage in discourse about God and suffering in a way that is both faithful to tradition and responsive to real experience.

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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.

Topic Titles
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
About Your Presenter

Fr. Robin Ryan, C.P., Ph.D., is an award-winning professor, theologian, celebrated author, and experienced retreat leader. A Passionist priest, he currently serves as associate professor of systematic theology and director of the Master of Arts in Theology program at Catholic Theological Union. Previously, he taught graduate theology at CTU and at Saint John’s Seminary in Boston. 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 author of numerous articles and recordings on theological and spiritual topics. He is the editor and co-author of the book Catholics on Call: Discerning a Life of Service in the Church (Liturgical Press, 2010) and the author of God and the Mystery of Human Suffering: A Theological Conversation Across the Ages (Paulist Press, 2011) and Jesus and Salvation: Soundings in the Christian Tradition and Contemporary Theology (Liturgical Press, 2015). He is also a contributor to and the English-language editor of the Diccionario de la Pásion (Madrid: San Pablo, 2015). The founding director of Ca...

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Well thought out; very good study guide. Review by Anonymous (Posted on 4/6/2018)
Very good, very useful
The course on Suffering presented by the priest was VERY Good, Very Useful in my work as a hospital chaplain. Review by Dcn. C. J. (Posted on 10/19/2016)
Big help!
Explanations of suffering that are not just scriptural, but clinical/pastoral as well. Big help. Review by Dcn. C.J. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
He provides sufficient explanations to make some of the more challenging concepts understandable.
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.
Review by Steven (Posted on 11/23/2015)
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Thoughtful. Easy to follow, and yet had much depth. Review by Kerry Ninemire, Junction City, KS (Posted on 4/14/2015)
Excellent
This is an excellent, well done presentation. Please offer more courses by Prof. Ryan - also would prefer DVDs to CDs. Thanks! Review by Faithful Student (Posted on 8/6/2012)
This course offers a comprehensive survey of the relationship between the place of God in human suffering
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. Review by Fr. Peter (Posted on 4/28/2016)
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