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Dr. Judith Plaskow Engages with the Question: There is So Much Evil in the World, How Can a God Exist?
There is so much evil in the world, how can a God exist?
Dr. Judith Plaskow discusses the problem of evil as a starting point for the classical understanding of God as an all-good being. She continues on to discuss how the “problem of evil” is quite different depending on the tradition that defines it and she offers a critique from her own Jewish background. Dr. Plaskow then challenges the idea of evil as a “problem” especially if we view God as not all-good or omnipotent.
Plaskow, Judith and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Dr. Judith Plaskow Engages with the Question: There is So Much Evil in the World, How Can a God Exist?" November 1999. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/167
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About the Interviewee:
Dr. Judith Plaskow is Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College. Her major interest is in feminist theology in the United States and Europe and she is co-founder of The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and co-edited it for its first ten years. Past President of the American Academy of Religion, Dr. Plaskow helped found the Jewish feminist group, B’not Esh. She has written two books, Sex, Sin and Grace: Women's Experience and the Theologies of Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich, and Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective and published other works of note, mostly on the topic of feminist spirituality. Dr. Plaskow is a graduate of Yale University.
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.