Gold Mass Edison Series Lecture: Disease and the Problem of Evil

Stephenmeredith Uchicago

All are welcome to attend the 2nd Annual Gold Mass for Science and Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Assistant Director of Life Sciences Research and Outreach at the Center for Theology, Science, and Human Flourishing, Rev. Terrence Ehrman, C.S.C., Ph.D., will begin Mass at 5:15 pm at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Dr. Stephen Meredith’s lecture will begin after the Gold Mass. All are invited to a reception at Jordan Hall of Science at 6:15 pm.

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.

Disease and the Problem of Evil

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 perfectly 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 will turn to the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas to help address these questions.

Named for color of the hoods worn by individuals graduating with a Ph.D. in science, gold is also the color of the patron saint of scientist St. Albert the Great. The oldest Mass for professions, the Red Mass for lawyers and lawmakers began in the 13th century. The first White Mass for health care professionals and Blue Mass for law enforcement were introduced in the 1930s.

Originally published at science.nd.edu.