Theology part 3: the problems of freewill and evil

  • Week 1: Introducing the problem of free will in the Qur'an

    • Go over verses that present seemingly conflicting messages on this question.

    • Why is the Qur'an presenting this conflicting message? How can we understand the paradox in a meaningful way?

    • How can we understand the Qur'ans approach as pedagogical and functional rather than philosophical?

  • Week 2: The speculative/philosophical approach

    • How does the different schools of the kalam tradition address this problem?

  • Week 3: The mystical approach