Theology and Philosophy
On 14 and 15 July 2014 the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy hosted The Problem of Evil workshop to consider the problem of reconciling the existence of a perfectly loving God with the suffering and evil in the world. The workshop set out to explore a range of responses and approaches to this difficult question including:
- the construction of ‘theodicies’ (that is, attempts to identify God’s reasons for permitting evil), and
- proposals for rethinking the traditional understanding of God.
In addition to ACU’s own Professor Kevin Hart FAHA (Eric D’Arcy Chair in Philosophy), we were especially privileged to have a number of international speakers. Professor Eleonore Stump drew upon her innovative and wide-ranging book, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering. Other international presenters, each of whom is known for their significant contribution to the problem of evil, were:
- Professor Terrence Tilley (Avery Cardinal Dulles Chair in Catholic Theology at Fordham University)
- Professor Beverley Clack (Oxford Brookes University, who is also involved in politics as a local councillor), and
- Professor John Bishop (University of Auckland).
Local participants included Professor Graham Oppy from Monash University, Dr Andrew Gleeson from Flinders University, and ACU’s Dr Nick Trakakis.