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Dr. Bernard Cooke discusses the idea that there can be both a good God and evil in the world because of humans’ freedom to do what is good or what is evil. He speaks about how people choosing to do what is evil can lead to systemic evil in a culture. He says this is compatible with the existence of God because He respects humans’ freedom.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Bernard J. Cooke, S.T.D. received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from St. Louis University, Licentiate in Sacred Theology from St. Mary's College, Kansas, and Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris, as well as honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Detroit and Marquette University. He was the Chairman and a Professor in the Department of Theology at Marquette University, where he inaugurated the first Ph.D. program in the nation to train Catholic laypeople for careers in theological scholarship and teaching. He went on to hold faculty positions at the University of Windsor and the University of Calgary in Canada, and in the U.S. at the College of the Holy Cross, where he retired as Loyola Professor of Theology in 1990. Dr. Cooke also held visiting professorships at Santa Clara University, Loyola University New Orleans, the University of the Incarnate Word, and the University of San Diego. Dr. Cooke published over twenty books and lectured in many countries, including Canada, France, Spain, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Ireland, and East Africa. He died in 2013.

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.

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