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Suffering, Evil, and the Desires of the Heart

Thursday, February 08

St. Matthew's Anglican Church / Newport Beach, CA

This 2018 event, held in Newport Beach, CA featured philosopher Eleonore Stump. She discussed the nature of suffering, the problem of evil, and the need for a theodicy (or justifying response). How can we develop a response to the problem of evil that is sensitive to the human experience of suffering and the desires and longings of the heart? Dr. Stump draws on scripture, ancient Christian teaching, and philosophical reflection on the meaning of human flourishing within God's will.


February 8, 2018, 7:30 pm


St. Matthew’s Anglican Church / Newport Beach, CA

2300 Ford Road, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Speaker: Eleonore Stump

Eleonore Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She is also Honorary Professor at Wuhan University and at the Logos Institute, St.Andrews, and she is a Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books include her major study Aquinas (Routledge, 2003) and her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010). She has given the Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2003), the Wilde lectures (Oxford, 2006), the Stewart lectures (Princeton, 2009), and the Stanton lectures (Cambridge, 2018). She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division; and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.