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The Problem of Evil
CFI Institute Online Seminar
September 1 – September 30, 2015

The CFI online eduction department welcomes back the new school year with a month-long investigation of the Problem of Evil and various approaches to it. Long encountered as an objection to either the existence or goodness of an all-powerful god, the Problem of Evil continues to be a source of debate among theists and non-theists.

We will explore it, various approaches to it called "theodicies," and examine its modern development, looking at works by Stephen Law and Alvin Plantinga, among others.

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Your Instructor:

koepsellDavid Koepsell, JD, PhD, is Director of Education for the Center for Inquiry, and formerly served as Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism from 2003-2008. Since then, he has been an associate professor of philosophy at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he teaches ethics and engineering as well as research ethics to masters and PhD students. He holds a law degree (1995) and PhD in Philosophy (1997) from the University at Buffalo, and has authored and edited numerous books, as well as popular and scholarly articles, and has spoken to audiences worldwide on issues relating to civil rights, secularism, science and technology, ethics, humanism, and ontology. He has provided commentary on these topics in a variety of media outlets including: MSNBC, Fox News Channel, The Guardian, NPR, and the Associated Press, among others. His complete CV can be found at

About CFI Institute Online Seminars:

CFI Institute Online seminars are presented by our in-house faculty and leaders within CFI, along with occasional guest lecturers. All seminars are online and accessible through our education system website 24/7, so there's no software for students to download and no time students must be online. Seminars involve participation in forum discussions, various exercises, and occasional live Google Hangout chats (with recordings made available for those who can't view live), or just reading and observing, for those students more comfortable with that approach.

All you need is your computer, an internet connection, and reading materials—many of which will generally be public-domain and provided through the course website as part of the seminar. In sum, you will get a world-class introduction to the subjects the Center for Inquiry advocates for!

CFI Institute Online seminar fee: $60 per seminar

Click here to register for "The Problem of Evil" online seminar!

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