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Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. Engages with the Question: How Would You Explain the “Problem of Evil”?
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  • Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J., Fairfield University
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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How would you explain the “problem of evil”? Theologian Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. reflects on the problem of evil and suffering in the world. He attributes this problem to two outcomes that God desires: first, our constant questioning of divine providence, and secondly, the need to comfort others and do good in the midst of this suffering.

Playing Time: 4:07 minutes

About the Interviewee: Rev. Dr. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

Fr. Fitzgerald, S.J. is the Senior Vice President For Academic Affairs at Fairfield University. He formerly taught theology at Santa Clara University and has written on a variety of theological topics. He received doctorates from La Sorbonne and Institut Catholique de Paris and specializes in Sociology of Religion and Practical Theology.

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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Paul J. Fitzgerald and Alfred Benney. "Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. Engages with the Question: How Would You Explain the “Problem of Evil”?" (2002)
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