POGOS: Yujin Nagasawa on the Problem of Evil for Atheists


This week in Pogos we welcome Professor Yujin Nagasawa to the podcast. Rather than host an interview this week, as is our usual custom, we’ve decided to include the complete audio of his national lecture on the problem of evil for atheists, which was delivered as the National Logos Lecture for 2019.

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Professor Yujin Nagasawa (Professor of Philosophy & Co-Director of the John Hick Centre for the Philosophy of Religion, University of Birmingham) is the President of the British Society for Philosophy of Religion and a prolific author. His latest book is entitled Maximal God: A New Defence of Perfect Being Theology and was published with Oxford University Press. In addition to his many publications, he serves as the editor for the Cambridge Elements series in Philosophy of Religion and a leading journal at the intersection of philosophy and theology: Religious Studies. 

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Jonathan C Rutledge is a producer and host of the Logos Institute’s official podcast, Pogos. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma, where he studied under Linda T. Zagzebski, and he holds a Ph.D. in divinity from the University of St Andrews where he studied under Alan J. Torrance and where he currently serves as a research fellow. His primary academic interests lie in the areas of epistemology, philosophy of religion, and systematic & analytic theology. His current projects include a monograph on the nature of forgiveness & a sacrificial model of atonement, philosophical Arminianism as an account of divine creation, and constructing a Foley-inspired account of epistemic rationality & defeat.

Stephanie Nicole Nordby is also a producer and co-host of Pogos, as well as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics at Lee University. Nordby received a Ph.D. in philosophy under the supervision of Linda Zagzebski at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation focused on divine predication and attributes, biblical genres and philosophy of language, and classical theism and the Hebrew Scriptures. In addition to her interest in analytic and exegetical theology, Nordby is interested in metaphysics, animal ethics, and virtue ethics. She is also working on a Ph.D. in theology at the Logos Institute, working under supervisors Oliver Crisp and Christoph Schwoebel. Her dissertation project is a book on the philosophical and systematic implications of the early high Christology movement.

Eustace Scrubb Nordby is in Pupfessor of Canine Dogmatics at the Logos Institute. He is an expert on Karl Bark and Wolfhart Pannenberg. His theological hero is Francis of Assisi, and in his free time he enjoys a good game of chase on the East Sands. From time to time, Eustace helps out with Pogos recordings.