College of Science | October 25, 2018
The Colleges of Science and Engineering are hosting the 2nd Annual Gold Mass and Lecture at Notre Dame on November 15, 2018. All events related to the Gold Mass—the Mass, the reception and Edison Lecture—are free and open to the public. Persons of all professions and faith traditions are welcome to attend any of the events.
2018 Gold Mass and Lecture Schedule
5:15 pm | Gold Mass for Scientists and Engineers (but all are welcome) | Basilica of the Sacred Heart | Rev. Terrence Ehrman, C.S.C., Ph.D.
6:15 pm | Reception | Jordan Hall of Science Galleria
7:15 pm | Edison Lecture | Jordan Hall of Science Auditorium | Stephen Meredith, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, University of Chicago
Edison Lecture: Disease and the Problem of Evil
Stephen Meredith, M.D., PhD., is a professor in the University of Chicago's departments of pathology, biochemistry and molecular biology, and neurology. A founding member of the board of the Society of Catholic Scientists, he is also an associate faculty member in the University of Chicago divinity school.
Ivan Karamazov asked whether we can accept a world in which God allows children to suffer. His question is a powerful version of the ancient question: if God exists and is both perfect and all powerful, whence comes evil? Sick children—and adults, for that matter—put this question into sharp focus but also add another, seemingly paradoxical, dimension to it. If we are made in the image of God, and if being fully human means to be true to our natures, then how can we account for the occurrence of deadly diseases and the suffering that results from them? In this talk, Dr. Meredith turns to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas to help address these questions.
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