Magis Lecture | Evil and the God of Love

Apr 18 5:30–7pm
Loyola Academy McGrath Family Performing Arts Center
3424 Illinois Rd,
Wilmette, IL 60091
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Stephen Fields, SJGeorgetown University

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"Is 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?”

So the philosopher David Hume presents the classic 'problem of evil.' For Christians, this is no mere logical puzzle. It is a challenge to our relationship with a God who we are convinced is not only all-powerful, but all-loving. How can we love God, and know ourselves to be loved by God, amid all the evils of the world? Fr. Stephen Fields, SJ (Georgetown University) will provide a Catholic perspective on how to confront this perennial problem. 



The Magis Series on Faith and Reason brings accessible yet sophisticated lectures on the Church's intellectual tradition to the broad lay public. The event is open to everyone from high school students to retirees. Anyone who desires a lively entree into the mind of the Church is welcome and encouraged to attend. 



5:30 PM | Cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres

6:15 PM | Lecture

6:50 PM | Q&A

7:00 PM | Event concludes


Stephen Fields, S.J. is the Hackett Family Professor in Theology in Georgetown University, where he has taught since 1993. He holds the PhD from Yale in the philosophy of religion and the STL in fundamental theology from the Weston School of Theology (now the School of Theology and Ministry, Boston College). He has written Being as Symbol: On the Origins and Development of Karl Rahner’s Metaphysics (2001), and Analogies of Transcendence: An Essay on Nature, Grace and Modernity (2016), and edited a collection of essays on the thought of Benedict XVI for a special Festschrift edition of Nova et Vetera (English edition) (2017). His articles appear in a range of international journals, both philosophical and theological. His undergraduate students elected him as the twelfth recipient of the Dorothy M. Brown Award for excellence in teaching. He now directs the Lumen Christi Institute’s annual summer seminar for graduate students on John Henry Newman.