Episode 26: A Way With Evil
For this deep, interfaith discussion on the nature and problem of evil, we're joined by Dr. Charlene P.E. Burns, Christian theologian and Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Pagans, polytheists, pantheists, panenetheists, witches, and all the other pwords deal with the challenges of evil and suffering as much as anyone. How do we address that within ourselves, our communities, and across faiths? Where do our traditions stand on the problem of evil? What kind of theo/alogies might we develop? Where does evil come from? How do we even know what "evil" is?
Along the journey, we also talk about: Concepts of evil, absolutism, personal responsibility, meaning and suffering, modern Paganism's challenges with evil, human capacity and potential, ahistorical romanticism, the psychological shadow, roles we play, natural evil, The Fifth Element (film), interconnectedness, dual inclinations, Christian (and other) perspectives on evil, where evil comes from, The Book of Job, Satan/Mara/Devil figures, popular concepts of evil, the role of spirits/demons/monsters, predestination and choice, the influence of other religious traditions on modern Paganism, the concept of karma, divine justice and responsibility, merit and punishment, spiritual development, animal suffering, daily challenges, and so very much more.
- The Witch’s Guide to Etiquette: Avoiding Witch Wars, by Laura Tempest Zakroff: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/tempest/2017/04/the-witchs-guide-to-etiquette.html
- Christian Understandings of Evil: The Historical Trajectory, by Charlene P.E. Burns: http://fortresspress.com/product/christian-understandings-evil-historical-trajectory#
- More Moral than God: Taking Responsibility for Religious Violence, by Charlene P.E. Burns: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780742558687/More-Moral-than-God-Taking-Responsibility-for-Religious-Violence
- Divine Becoming: Rethinking Jesus and Incarnation, by Charlene P.E. Burns: http://www.augsburgfortress.org/store/product/2405/Divine-Becoming?infoID=9483
- Yuri On Ice: http://www.crunchyroll.com/yuri-on-ice
- American Gods (book): http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/Books/American+Gods/
- American Gods (TV): https://www.starz.com/series/americangods/episodes
- Mystery Science Theater 3000: http://www.mst3k.com/
- Tsugumomo: http://www.crunchyroll.com/tsugumomo
- Your Name: https://www.funimationfilms.com/movie/yourname/
- Coconut Brownies: Please check out the blog! :)
Music: Rebecca E. Tripp