Facing the Darkness - The (Human) Nature of Evil

College Institute for Christian Studies
Instructor(s) Ansell, Nicholas
Course Code ICT3352HF
NOTE: Graduate degree students enrol in ICT6352HF
Semester First Semester
Section 6201
Online Yes
Credits One Credit
Location Online – Synchronous

In this interdisciplinary theology seminar, we shall probe the origin and nature of evil by engaging key biblical, philosophical, psychological, and anthropological resources. Central to our discussions will be a sapiential (wisdom-oriented) re-reading of the Fall narrative of Genesis 3–4, set against the backdrop of the good, yet largely wild, creation of Genesis 1–2. In addition to surveying a variety of contemporary theodicies read up against the challenge offered by both “protest atheism” and the biblical lament literature (especially the book of Job), we shall also pay special attention to the correlation between victim and agent in the ongoing dynamics to “original sin” and to the concomitant role of fear in the construction of culture. In attending to evil’s (arguably) anthropocentric origin as a key to its present nature—which will prompt us to revisit our understanding of the primordial conditions of possibility along with the largely overlooked biblical connections between the Satan and the absolutization (and denaturing) of Justice—we shall also look ahead, via pondering the relationship between law and grace, to the promise of a (divine and human) judgment unto salvation.

Schedule Tue
Start Time 10:00
End Time 13:00
Hours Per Week 3
Minimum Enrolment 3
Maximum Enrolment 5
Enrolment Notes

Students need to contact the ICS Registrar at academic-registrar@icscanada.edu to complete registration.

Additional Notes

Students must follow the TST program handbook regulations relating to course deadlines for submission of course work and requests for extensions. The prima facie deadline for the completion of work in a course is the last day of the TST examination week for the semester in which the course is taken. Students and instructors are bound by the earlier of deadlines set either by the instructor or TST. Where the policy of the affiliate college, in relation to courses listed in the TST Course Catalogue, differ from TST policies, the policy of TST will apply.

Means of Evaluation
Previously Offered Fall 2020
Currently Offered Fall 2023