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AQ-50002-09Education Programs: Enduring Questions: Pilot Course GrantsUniversity of TulsaEnduring Questions in the Humanities: Mortality and Meaning, God and Suffering7/1/2009 - 6/30/2011$24,994.00JacobA.Howland   University of TulsaTulsaOK74104-9700USA2009Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralEnduring Questions: Pilot Course GrantsEducation Programs24994024905.50

The development of a freshman-level undergraduate course on the interrelated issues of mortality and meaning, God and suffering.

The course envisioned is a sustained exploration and discussion of two closely related sets of core issues that concern us simply insofar as we are human: (1) Mortality and Meaning. Does death negate the meaning of a human life? Or can death give life meaning, and if so, how? What can confronting death teach us about life? (2) God and Suffering. Why do we suffer? Does the Bible help to make sense of suffering? If not, is faith still possible for a thoughtful human being? On another level, the course is an introduction to humanistic and liberating education as such. The readings tentatively selected aim to promote dialogue by tracing the lines of tension between pre-modern and modern perspectives, and between revelation and unaided reason. The readings often anticipate later issues and revisit earlier ones. They span a range of genres, including philosophical dialogues and treatises, scripture, oratory, poetry, drama, and autobiography.