Dr. John Kronen of the St. Thomas Philosophy Department will speak on “Theism, Dualism and Evil” at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in Room 247, John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts.

“Theists and atheists,” Kronen says, “often argue over the so-called problem of evil. Many atheists say that there cannot be a God because, if there was one, there would be no evil in the world; or at least, there would be far less evil. Theists try to answer this charge by showing that it is at least possible that all the evil in the world is ordered by God to serve a greater good.

“This talk examines arguments for dualism, which is a theory that holds both theism and atheism to be wrong,” Kronen said. “The dualist thinks there is an all good God, but she thinks his creation is menaced by an eternal evil spirit, the devil, which God did not create and which he will not be able to destroy until the end of time.”

The talk is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.