In September 2017, CCT welcomed two Visiting Scholars to present and lead discussion of work on “Suffering & the Good Life”: philosopher Eleonore Stump and theologian Miroslav Volf.
Eleonore Stump on “The Problem of Suffering: A Thomistic Approach”
Eleonore Stump, the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, presented on “The Problem of Suffering: A Thomistic Approach”—drawing on work from her widely discussed book, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering.
Miroslav Volf on “The End of Memory and the Response to Suffering”
Miroslav Volf, the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School, presented perspectives on suffering based in his book The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World, leading a discussion on the value of theodicy for the experience of suffering, the meaning of Christ’s suffering in the life of faith, and the meaning of explanation as opposed to liberation from suffering.
Crystal Park on “Suffering, Religion, and Meaning-Making Models”
In October, CCT will host psychologist Crystal Park of University of Connecticut.
Julie Exline on “Suffering and Spiritual Struggle”
In November, CCT will host psychologist Julie Exline of Case Western Reserve University.