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Why should we have to prove the existence of God?

Dr. Margaret Farley discusses what is necessary to “know” God compared with the idea of necessarily proving God’s existence. She finds that the need to know if God is a loving being or if God is angry is much more relevant. Farley poses the analogy of the inability of humans to prove the existence of love, but still they trust its relevance. In this leap of faith, she believes we can change and become more selfless people, which can be thought of as an effect of God’s un-provability.

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Playing Time: 4:25 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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