God and the Mystery of Human Suffering

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Length: 5 hrs
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, St. John’s Seminary
(7 customer reviews)
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Why is there pain in the world? Why do bad things happen to good people? How can you reconcile the reality of human suffering with the existence of a merciful God?

You have no doubt wrestled with these questions. Now, this moving course offers you well-considered theological perspectives—and some heart-warming insights—on the mystery of suffering. In 12 lectures, you’ll eavesdrop on the important and vigorous conversation that has taken place in Judeo-Christian tradition since time immemorial.

A priest and veteran professor of systematic theology, Father Robin Ryan has lectured widely on the topic of suffering. It’s a thorny subject that he routinely finds himself confronted with in his pastoral duties—at hospitals, nursing homes, and funeral parlors. In 2011, he published the book God

Audio Sample:

Why is there pain in the world? Why do bad things happen to good people? How can you reconcile the reality of human suffering with the existence of a merciful God?

You have no doubt wrestled with these questions. Now, this moving course offers you well-considered theological perspectives—and some heart-warming insights—on the mystery of suffering. In 12 lectures, you’ll eavesdrop on the important and vigorous conversation that has taken place in Judeo-Christian tradition since time immemorial.

A priest and veteran professor of systematic theology, Father Robin Ryan has lectured widely on the topic of suffering. It’s a thorny subject that he routinely finds himself confronted with in his pastoral duties—at hospitals, nursing homes, and funeral parlors. In 2011, he published the book God and the Mystery of Human Suffering: A Theological Conversation Across the Ages (Paulist Press), from which this audio program is loosely adapted.

Coupled with the warmth of his delivery, Fr. Ryan’s anecdotes lend sensitivity to questions that often flout logic, conventional wisdom, or our sense of justice and proportion. The accompanying study guide will help you reflect on those teachings, and is ideal for use in group settings.

The goal of this series is to help you, as a believer, engage in discourse about God and suffering in a way that is both faithful to tradition and responsive to real experience.

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Fr. Robin Ryan, C.P., Ph.D., is an award-winning professor, theologian, celebrated author, and experienced retreat leader. A Passionist priest, he currently serves as associate professor of systematic theology and director of the Master of Arts in Theology program at Catholic Theological Union. Previously, he taught graduate theology at CTU and at Saint John’s Seminary in Boston. Fr. Ryan has spent many years in retreat ministry, and he leads retreats for laity, religious, and clergy across the country. He served as the Director of Bishop Molloy Passionist Retreat House in Queens, New York, from 1996 to 2000.
 
Fr. Ryan is the author of numerous articles and recordings on theological and spiritual topics. He is the editor and co-author of the book Catholics on Call: Discerning a Life of Service in the Church (Liturgical Press, 2010) and the author of God and the Mystery of Human Suffering: A Theological Conversation Across the Ages (Paulist Press, 2011) and Jesus and Salvation: Soundings in the Christian Tradition and Contemporary Theology (Liturgical Press, 2015). He is also a contributor to and the English-language editor of the Diccionario de la Pásion (Madrid: San Pablo, 2015). The founding director of Catholics on Call, he regularly gives retreats for laity, religious, and priests. 
 
Praise for Robin Ryan
“For years Robin Ryan has written and taught about Jesus Christ with great clarity, deep insight, and a pastoral heart. He places the treasures of tradition in touch with contemporary questions. Listening to him will reward the hearer with beautiful, challenging understandings of their own.” – Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University
 
 “Robin Ryan is not only a careful and thoughtful scholar. He is a master teacher who makes crystal clear how the Bible and the tradition understand and profess Jesus of Nazareth as the Christ. Perhaps even more important, however, he is a person of faith who will inspire those who encounter him in this series to deeper faith in and commitment to Jesus themselves.” – Stephen Bevans, SVD, Catholic Theological Union
 
“Fr. Robin Ryan’s astute insights and pastoral sensibilities are clearly evident. Always with a hint of humor, Fr. Ryan brings his training as a systematic theologian and the charism of his Passionist community into conversations that matter.” – Sr. Laurie Brink, O.P., Ph.D., Catholic Theological Union

  • Introduction to the Mystery
  • Perspectives on Suffering in the Hebrew Scriptures
  • The Book of Job and the Suffering of God in the Old Testament
  • The New Testament
  • Early Church, Aquinas, Classical Theism
  • Elie Wiesel
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Jürgen Moltmann
  • Edward Schillebeeckx
  • Gustavo Gutiérrez
  • Elizabeth Johnson
  • Final Reflections

7 reviews for God and the Mystery of Human Suffering

  1. Faithful Student

    Excellent

    This is an excellent, well done presentation. Please offer more courses by Prof. Ryan – also would prefer DVDs to CDs. Thanks!

  2. Kerry Ninemire, Junction City, KS

    *

    Thoughtful. Easy to follow, and yet had much depth.

  3. Steven

    He provides sufficient explanations to make some of the more challenging concepts understandable.

    Dr. Ryan covers the Biblical perspectives on why bad things happen to good people and then covers not only early and medieval Christian writers but also recent theologians, Catholic and protestant. He provides sufficient explanations to make some of the more challenging concepts understandable.

  4. Fr. Peter

    This course offers a comprehensive survey of the relationship between the place of God in human suffering

    This course offers a comprehensive survey of the relationship between the place of God in human suffering, particularly in the light of modern events such as the Shoah and the response of contemporary theologians especially to this and other events.

  5. Dcn. C.J.

    Big help!

    Explanations of suffering that are not just scriptural, but clinical/pastoral as well. Big help.

  6. Dcn. C. J.

    Very good, very useful

    The course on Suffering presented by the priest was VERY Good, Very Useful in my work as a hospital chaplain.

  7. Anonymous

    2018 Spring Survey

    Well thought out; very good study guide.

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