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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Can God and Parasites Exist Alongside One Another: Philosophy, Science, and I respond

An age-old, often pondered question still persists unanswered: does God exist? Today, science can meld with philosophy to analyze, evaluate, and respond to the puzzling existence of the divine. God is a being who is all knowing, all powerful, and all good yet we can see seemingly needless suffering and only conclude that there is evil. Logically one is led to ask why is there evil? To form an even more specialized question, can we accept a God who not only allows for parasites’ existence, but also created them? One has to take into account that religion is a complex term that encompasses two entirely different connotations, an objective past of facts and rituals, and a subjective essence; the personal experience of religion. In this paper the presenter analyzes the problems involved with a Judeo-Christian God who has created a world with parasites in both an objective and subjective manner.

Presenter: Emily Reilly (Undergraduate Student)
Location: 27 Hartwell
Time: 2:30 pm (Session IV)