February 15, 2002
Robert Pollack, Rami Nashashibi, Lisa Lampman, Et Al. —
The Problem of Evil

Many around the world labeled the events of September 11 as "evil." President Bush in his recent State of the Union speech described "an axis of evil." But what does the word mean? It is a subject of enduring theological debate, even of scientific argument. It drives to the heart of the question: What does it mean to be human?

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Robert Pollack

is a biologist and director of Columbia University's Center for the Study of Science and Religion

Rami Nashashibi

a Muslim social activist, founder of the Inner City Muslim Action Network

Lisa Lampman

formerly of Prison Fellowship, a crisis worker who responds to school shootings

Leon Weinstein

was a Holocaust survivor. He was one of the last living fighters from the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.

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Is heaven evil?

A Web-only exchange with Robert Pollack on approaching the mysteries of other faiths.

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A Banksy graffiti portrait on Essex Street in Chinatown of Boston reads: F̶O̶L̶L̶O̶W̶ ̶Y̶O̶U̶R̶ ̶D̶R̶E̶A̶M̶S̶ CANCELLED. (Photo by Chris Devers/Flickr)

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Confucius lived before Jesus. Thousands of years later we are still grappling with the same human problems. His wisdom advised:
"Before you embark on a journey to revenge dig two graves."