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9-3-1999

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Is it possible to believe in a good God in view of the existence of evil?

Dr. Margaret Farley discusses the problem of evil and the concept of a God who loves his creation. She believes that positing an all-good God is reasonable because God has created humans with free will, and has shown this love in salvation. Farley also explains her idea that there is no act completely joyous or sorrowful, because the two are constantly intertwined with one another.

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Playing Time: 2:47 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Margaret Farley, R.S.M., is the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School. She has been honored with eleven honorary degrees, the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology and is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. She has written several books and over eighty scholarly articles including Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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