God and Evil
The Western monotheisms have converged upon a conception of God as “the most perfect possible person” — perfect in power, knowledge, and moral rectitude. All three traditions face the same dilemma: How to reconcile this conception of God with the evident existence of evil — suffering, ignorance, moral turpitude, and other non-optimal states. There have been many responses to the difficulty of reconciling the existence of evil with an omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent deity. The seminar will be a survey of the most promising.