6516 - Malone University John Woolman Christian Scholar Lecture Series presents Eleonore Stump: Biblical Narrative and the Problem of Suffering on March 12-13
6516 - January 31, 2013
The Malone University John Woolman Christian Scholar Lecture Series will welcome Eleonore Stump, Ph.D., the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, March 12-13 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, located at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The programs are free and open to the public.
Eleonore Stump is The Robert J. Henle Professor Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She has published extensively in medieval philosophy, philosophical theology, and metaphysics. Among her books are Boethius's De topicis differentiis,The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas, Aquinas's Moral Theory: Essays in Honor of Norman Kretzmann, (with Scott MacDonald), Aquinas, (in the series The Arguments of the Philosophers), and Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering. She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division.
In this year's lectures, Dr. Stump will address the biblical narratives' treatment of—and ability to provide solutions to—problem of suffering. Lecture titles and descriptions are as follows:
Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. - Lecture One: The Problem of Suffering: Abraham and the Binding of Isaac. The story of Abraham's offering of Isaac has proved fruitful for philosophical reflection, as Kierkegaard's widely known treatment of it makes clear. But if the story is read in a broader narrative context than that usually considered, it yields insights that are useful for thinking about the problem of suffering specifically.
Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m. - Lecture Two: Mary of Bethany and Theodicy. Attempts at theodicy—that is, defending God's existence, goodness, and omnipotence in the face of evil—usually focus on the morally sufficient reasons God may possibly have for permitting suffering. The story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus gives an example of a complicated and relational good which redeems suffering, and so it illuminates a promising approach to theodicy.
The John Woolman Christian Scholar Lecture Series is named for John Woolman (1720-1772), a Quaker from New Jersey who provided much of the theological, intellectual, and ethical foundation for the earliest antislavery activities in America. Drawing from traditional Christian, Quaker, evangelical, quietist, and rationalist sources, Woolman published works that encouraged others to rethink the Friends' role in addressing a range of topics including slavery, working conditions, spiritual discipline, pacifism, the use of wealth, the use of time, and relationships with Native Americans. His antislavery writings and speaking campaigns throughout the colonies helped prompt the Friends to become the first body of Americans to actively denounce slavery and require all its members to free any person that they held in slavery. Providing some of the earliest inspiration for the major ethical shift in thinking about slavery, Woolman's writings and actions influenced leaders in the early antislavery and abolitionist movements in America and Great Britain. Woolman Hall, a residence hall on Malone's campus, is named in his honor.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2013.
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