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What is the “Problem of Evil”?
As an Ethicist, Emily Townes discusses the existence of evil in the world and the challenge this presents to the existence of an all-good God. For Townes, God is not the creator of evil, but humans are. In the sight of evil we need not question the existence of God, but the actions of humans, and take responsibility for the free will God has given us.
Townes, Emilie M. and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes Engages with the Question: What is the “Problem of Evil”?" June 2000. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/24
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About the Interviewee: Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes
Rev. Townes is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School. Her teaching and general research interests focus on Christian ethics, womanist ethics, critical social theory, cultural theory and studies, as well as on postmodernism and social postmodernism. Among her many publications are Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health and a Womanist Ethic of Care; Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope; and In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness. She served as president of the American Academy of Religion in 2008.
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.