Does God Intend Death?

Christopher Tollefsen, Ph.D. (Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina)

Date & Time:

Thursday, November 6, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


JRC 126
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Does God ever intentionally kill human beings? Many Christians answer "yes" to this question, and such an answer apparently has widespread confirmation in sacred scripture, especially the Old Testament. Some then argue that since God has authority to kill and may delegate that authority, in some instances (for example, military campaigns or capital punishment) humans can intentionally kill other humans as well.

Dr. Tollefsen argues, using insights from the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, that the answer to the question is, in fact, "no".

Co-sponsored by the University of St. Thomas College of Arts and Sciences and the UST Department of Philosophy.

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