Readings in Theodicy

Eric J. Lehner

Readings in Theodicy is a study of issues related to “the problem of evil” as discussed within the sphere of systematic theology and apologetics. This course is an advanced reading and research seminar. As a result of reading, research, writing, presentation, peer-review, and class discussion, the student will be able to: a) summarize the historical and contemporary contexts of the problem of evil; b) evaluate the problem of evil in view of questions pertaining to human will and divine sovereignty; c) formulate a biblical response to the problem of evil; and d) articulate a pastoral approach to the problem of evil.

Prerequisites: enrollment in MTS, MDiv, or ThM program; completion of Theological Method, God, & Scripture.

Dr. Eric Lehner is the Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. He has taught at VBTS since 2005 in a variety of roles as Graduate Assistant, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, and Associate Professor of Historical Theology. Dr. Lehner earned his academic degrees at Tennessee Temple (BA), Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), Virginia Beach Theological Seminary (ThM), and Clark Summit University (PhD). Read more....

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50% – Reading (Approx. 1800 pages)
50% – Research Presentations (4)