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PHILOSOPHY & Religion: The Problem of Evil

Updated: Jul 12, 2023

PHILOSOPHY & Religion: The Problem of Evil

"Sally Haslanger (M.I.T.) discusses a classic argument that God does not exist, called 'The Problem of Evil'. Along the way, she distinguishes different ways in which people believe that God exists, and discusses what's bad about having contradictory beliefs." from video introduction.

Why should we as Christians study Philosophy?...

"Answering the Big Questions

To many people, the mention of "philosophy" brings up an image of gray-haired intellectuals endlessly debating irrelevancies. There is some truth in this image, especially the part about the endless debate.

But philosophy matters for Christians because many of the debates are about the "big questions" of human existence.

  • Does God exist?

  • If he does, what kind of God is he?

  • What kind of world do we live in? Is the universe nothing but matter and motion?

  • Who are we? Are human beings unique?

  • Is there a purpose to life?

  • Are there absolute standards for morality?

  • If there are, what are they?

  • If absolute standards do not exist, how do we avoid being oppressed by whoever has the most power?

  • Is beauty real?

  • Are minds real?

  • Is there an afterlife?

  • How do we know anything? What does it mean to know something?

  • Is science the only way to knowledge?

The difference with Christians is that we know that God has spoken. He has spoken climactically in Christ (Heb. 1:1-3). He speaks in the Bible, which is his word. He knows everything. He has provided answers to many of the big questions... from the article: Why Philosophy Matters for Christians

Sally Haslanger -

"Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies

Homepage | 32-D926 | 617-253-4458 | Sally Haslanger is Ford Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at MIT. She has published in metaphysics, epistemology, feminist theory, and critical race theory. Broadly speaking, her work links issues of social justice with contemporary work in epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. A collection of her papers that represent this effort over twenty years was collected in Resisting Reality: Social Construction and Social Critique (Oxford 2012), and it received the Joseph B. Gittler award for outstanding work in philosophy of the social sciences. She has co-edited three books that further reflect the breadth of her interests: with Elizabeth Hackett, Theorizing Feminisms: A Reader (Oxford 2005); with Charlotte Witt, Adoption Matters: Philosophical and Feminist Essays (Cornell 2005); with Roxanne Marie Kurtz, Persistence: Contemporary Readings (MIT Press 2006)...." from the website: Philosophy

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