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How does an historian deal with the “Problem of Evil”?

Historian John O’Malley, S.J. observes that historians deal with evil as part of the human condition. The record indicates just how flawed human nature is although there are outstanding examples of unselfish altruism in the midst of war and chaos sometimes motivated by religious ideologies.

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About the Interviewee:

Fr. John O’Malley, S.J. is an historian of religion currently teaching at Georgetown University. Author and Lecturer, his most notable books are The First Jesuits (1993) which has been translated into ten languages, and What Happened at Vatican II (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.

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