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How do you answer “the problem of evil”?

Rev. Dr. David Tracy addresses the problem of evil as a starting place for many religious questions. He does not support the idea that God does not create evil, but that evil exists so that we may also know the suffering that God feels when he sees evil. The problem of evil “drives us to the cross” so that we may share in the understanding of suffering, and depend on God for the “answer.”.

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Playing Time: 3:43 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Rev. Dr. David Tracy is the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His publications include The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism and On Naming the Present: Reflections on God, Hermeneutics, and Church. Professor Tracy is currently writing a book on God.

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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