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Dr. Denise Carmody Engages with the Question: Can You Prove the Existence of God?
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  • Denise Carmody, University of Tulsa
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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Can you prove the existence of God? Dr. Denise Carmody discusses the question of proving the existence of God, which she says is not possible. She explains that first you must define what you mean by “prove.” When proving the existence of God you are not doing the same thing as proving a math equation. On the other hand, you can claim to be proving the existence of God from your own personal experience. But this is not a universal nor an objective conclusion, but leads an individual to confidence in their own personal truth.

Playing Time: 3:55 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Denise Lardner Carmody, is Professor Emeritus at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, where she was also provost from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that, she served as Bernard Hanley Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara. She has been a professor of religious studies at the University of Tulsa, a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco, a scholar in residence at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and a theologian in residence at the University of Northern Iowa. Along with her late husband Dr. John Carmody, with whom she has published more than 55 books, she was the recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology given by the Catholic Theological Society of America. Her research interests include world religions, religion and feminism, and Christian spirituality.

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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Denise Carmody and Alfred Benney. "Dr. Denise Carmody Engages with the Question: Can You Prove the Existence of God?" (1993)
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