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Dr. Martin Jaffee Engages with the Question: What About the Experience of Evil?
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  • Martin Jaffee, University of Washington - Seattle Campus
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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What about the experience of evil? Dr. Martin Jaffee discusses challenges to the omnipotence and goodness of God after the events of the Holocaust and the experience of evil. He speaks of how suffering is integral to religious thinking and how it raises hard questions for analysis. 

Playing Time: 5:43 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Martin Jaffee is the Samuel & Althea Stroum Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. He has served on a variety of editorial boards and works in the area of Talmudic and Rabbinic studies. His academic interests include issues in modern Jewish thought, Jewish Mysticism and Jewish cultural history.

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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Martin Jaffee and Alfred Benney. "Dr. Martin Jaffee Engages with the Question: What About the Experience of Evil?" (1999)
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