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2-19-2002

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How can there be a good God with so much evil in the world?

Dr. Tracy Pintchman discusses the problem of evil and explains that the Hindu solution is found in the belief that people have karma from past lives. She explains that asking this question means making assumptions about God and the relationship between God and justice. Dr. Pintchman concludes that the scholarly answer to this question would be agnosticism.

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Playing Time: 2:29 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Tracy Pintchman received a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she specialized in the study of Hinduism, with a focus on gender issues, Goddess traditions, and Hindu women's rituals. Dr. Pintchman is a Professor and Director of International Studies Program at Loyola University, Chicago. She has also taught at Northwestern University and Harvard University. Her publications include: Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition and The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition.

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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