Moving Beyond the Empire of Illusion: What Do We Do About the Problem of Evil?

Speaker(s): John Swinton
Date: Summer 2021
Length: 1h 06m
Product ID: RGDL5102B

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Evil hides in strange places. What does it look like? What does it do? How are we to resist it? Responding to Jesus’s words: “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil,” the lecture will focus not on the question of why evil exists, a question that is unanswerable, but rather on what evil does. We will learn that evil can be found in the banality of everyday experiences, and in radical evils such as genocide. We will also learn how easy it is for all of us to become caught up in evil in all of its dimensions. The key question is: how can we resist evil?

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John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom. For 16 years he worked as a registered mental health nurse and as a community mental health chaplain. He has published widely within the area of Disability theology, spirituality and health, qualitative research and mental health. His book Dementia: Living in the memories of God won the Archbishop of Canterbury's Ramsey Prize for excellence in theological writing in 2016.

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