Lecture Topic: "God and the Problem of Evil"
Enlightenment philosopher David Hume, paraphrasing Epicurus, once wrote, “Is he (God) willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is impotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Whence then is evil?”
The existence and nature of evil is perhaps the most difficult philosophical problem for those who believe that there is a God who is morally perfect, omniscient, and omnipotent. In a lecture at Eastern Kentucky University on Tuesday, Oct. 28, Dr. Doug Geivett will discuss the problem of evil for theistic belief and consider several possible responses to it in a talk entitled “God and the Problem of Evil.”
The event, free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Adams Auditorium (Room 149) of the Wallace Building.
Geivett is a professor of philosophy in the Talbot Department of Philosophy at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. He has published numerous journal articles and reviews, and is the author or editor of several books, including “Evil and the Evidence for God” (Temple University Press), “Contemporary Perspectives in Religious Epistemology” (Oxford University Press), and “Being Good” (Eerdmans). He has lectured throughout the United States, and in Canada, England, Scotland, Spain, France, Sweden, China, and Ukraine. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of epistemology, the philosophy of religion, and philosophy and film. Geivett, who received his doctoral degree in philosophy from the University of Southern California, is also currently a visiting professor at St. Louis University.
Published on October 16, 2014