Suffering and the God of Abraham


Believers in the God of Abraham daily face the challenge of personal and broader human suffering and the accusation that theistic belief is both bankrupt and irrelevant in the face of such suffering. This week-long series of free, public lectures will explore the depths of both human suffering and divine love using the works of CS Lewis as a departure point to discuss the philosophical, theological problem of human pain.


Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., as Gonzaga University President, Jesuit priest, teacher, author and lecturer of topics ranging from ethics, philosophy, and the relationship between modern physics and Christian faith, wears many hats. Fr. Spitzer earned his M.Div. degree from the Gregorian University, a Masters in Theology from the Weston School (Cambridge), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. Among Fr. Spitzer’s works are the books, Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of HappinessFreedom, and the Life IssuesThe Spirit of Leadership: Optimizing Creativity and Change in Organizations; and an upcoming book, New Proofs for the Existence of God: Contributions to Late Twentieth Century Physics and Philosophy, submitted to the Notre Dame University Press.

Katherin Rogers is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Delaware. She received her BA in Philosophy and History and MA in Philosophy from the University of Delaware and her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Her areas of expertise are Early Medieval Philosophy and contemporary analytic Philosophy of Religion. Her books include Perfect Being TheologyThe Anselmian Approach to God and Creation and The Neoplatonic Metaphysics and Epistemology of Anselm of Canterbury. Her current research interest is free will issues in Anselm of Canterbury. She lives in Delaware with her husband Mark, an artist and novelist, and her four children.

Dr. Bruce Edwards is Professor of English and Associate Dean for Distance Education and International Programs at Bowling Green State University (Ohio), where he has served the past 23 years. He received his B.A. from the University of Missouri-Rolla (1977), his Master's Degree from Kansas State University (1979), and his Ph.D. in Literature and Rhetoric from the University of Texas at Austin (1981). Edwards has published dozens of articles on the life and work of C. S. Lewis, and is the author of A Rhetoric of Reading: C. S. Lewis's Defense of Western Literacy, editor of The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C.S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer, and also served on the editorial board for The C. S. Lewis Readers Encyclopedia. He is also the author of Searching for Great Ideas, Processing Words, and Rough drafts. Most recently, Dr. Edwards has been named a C S Lewis Fellow by the C S Lewis Foundation for 2004. His current research focuses on the role of C. S. Lewis as a public intellectual and his continuing impact on American Christianity.