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Rev. Dr. Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Engages with the Question: Can We Prove That There Is a Supreme Being?
Cardinal Avery Dulles discusses his belief that there is no necessity to prove the existence of God to people, as they turn to God spontaneously or are taught that God exists. However, he speaks about what he calls the proof of God in the world, such as the argument of contingency, which is the idea that the first beings must have been created by something that exists by its own power and is not contingent on anything else.
Dulles,, Avery S.J. and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Rev. Dr. Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. Engages with the Question: Can We Prove That There Is a Supreme Being?" December 1999. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/319
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About the Interviewee:
Rev. Dr. Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J. received a Licentiate in philosophy from Woodstock College and was ordained in 1956. He received a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Woodstock College in 1957 and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from Gregorian University in Rome in 1960. He was the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University from 1988 until his death in 2008. He was created a Cardinal of the Catholic Church in Rome in 2001 by Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Dulles was President of both the Catholic Theological Society of America and the American Theological Society and Professor Emeritus at The Catholic University of America. He authored over 750 articles and twenty-three books on theological topics.
About the Interviewer:
Dr. Alfred Benney is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and taught 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.