The Trinitarian Meaning of Human Suffering
This course takes as its starting point John Paul II’s encyclicals Redemptor hominis, Dives in misericordia, and Dominum et vivificantem, and the apostolic letter Salvifici doloris. The course attempts to advance a theological understanding of the meaning of evil and suffering. This reflection is set against the backdrop of the examination in the contemporary reflection on the meaning of suffering and innocent suffering. In addition to the work of John Paul II and several contemporary authors, the course also examines some of the works of Plotinus, Aquinas, Hegel, von Balthasar, and E. Mounier.