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This website is the virtual home of Dr. Barry Whitney's "THINKING ABOUT GOD" and "PEACE WITH GOD" Resources. Dr. Whitney is Professor Emeritus of Christian Studies and Religion and Culture at the University of Windsor. He was Professor from 1976 to 2013 (37 years) at the University of Windsor. He now lives in Ottawa. Dr Whitney completed an Honours B.A. (first class honours) in both Religion and English Literature (Carleton University, 1967-1971), and a Ph.D. in Christian Theology and Philosophy of Religion (McMaster University, 1971-1977, first class honours). [His B.A. focused on Biblical Studies, Christian Theology and Philosophy of Religion, as well as English literature (Shakespere, Romantic poety, Novels, Drama, etc.), and Philosophy. His Ph.D. focused on contemporary Christian Theology and Philosophy of Religion (since Kant), with a minor degree in Buddhist Studies).]

BSeveral thousands of students enrolled in his courses on "God and Evil," "Justifying Religious Beliefs," "God and Atheism," "Religion and Culture," and several other courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels over the past 30+ years. Dr. Whitney taught more than 165 courses at the University of Windsor on a wide range of themes and issues in Christian Theology and Philosophy of Religion. Some of these course included the following: Faith and Reason, Justifying Religious Beliefs, God's Existence, the Problem of Evil and Suffering, Religion and Literature, Religion and Science, Process Studies, and course discussion about Miracles, Natural Theology, Life after Death, Religious Experience, and Biblical Studies, etc. Dr. Whitney taught courses and led discussions on issues like Atheism, Secular Humanism, Scientific and Philosophical Naturalism, New Age Spiritualities, Cults, World Religions and Western Metaphysical Spiritualities.

Dr. Whitney has focused his research on "The Problem of God and Evil'. He has written several books and dozens of book chapters, academic articles and reviews, and given several interviews on this important theological (and deeply personal) issue. His book, THEODICY: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY ON THE PROBLEM OF GOD AND EVIL (New York: Garland Publications, 1993), revised and expanded for a new edition (Bowling Green State University Press: Philosophy Documentation Center) in 1998, has been the essential resource for scholars working in the field. No longer available, this book is the only definitive biblipgraphy on the problem of evil. It covered more than 4,000 publications from 1960 to 1991. Dr. Whitney's other publications on the problem of evil include the "Evil" and "Theodicy" entries in the NEW CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA (Catholic U of America/Gale Group, 2002), the popular book, WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ABOUT GOD AND EVIL? (New York: Paulist Press, 1989), the entry on "The Problem of Evil" in the NEW WESTMINSTER DICTIONARY OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY (John Knox / Westminster Press, 2011), EVIL AND THE PROCESS GOD (New York/Toronto: Edwin Mellen Press, 1985) and the opening chapter in THE BIG ARGUMENT (Strand: Australia, 2005 and Master Books, USA, 2006). Dr. Whitney was Editor of PROCESS STUDIES an international academic journal, from 1996 to 2009, publishing 28 issues (volume 23 to 38).

Besides his own books, some of his major writings on the problem of evil (and related theological issues) , are published as articles in academic journals, including THE SOUTHERN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, STUDIES IN RELIGION (Canada), PHILOSOPHY RESEARCH ARCHIVES. JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH, THE PERSONALIST FORUM, SOPHIA (Australia), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION, INTERNATIONAL PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY, HORIONS, JOURNAL OF THE COLLEGE THEOLOGY SOCIETY, etc., and in book chapters, especially GOD, LITERATURE, AND PROCESS THOUGHT (Ashgate: London and New York, 2002), and HARTSHORNE, PROCESS PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1989), NON-VIOLENCE: CENTRAL TO CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY (New York and Toronto: Edwin Mellen: 1982), and THE REALITY OF GOD (Windsor: Canterbury College, 1982),

Dr. Whitney's MEDiA INTERVIEWS and PUBLIC LECTURES, CONSULTATIONS, TELEVISION INTERVIEWS and PANEL DISCUSSIONS have included several interviews on "Religious Scope," CBC TV (Windsor), "Test of Faith," VISION TV, and published interviews in TIME MAGAZINE (Canada), THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, THE NEW YORK TIMES, NEWSDAY, LONG ISLAND, THE WASHINGTON TIMES, and THE OTTAWA CITIZEN, etc.

For Testimonials about Dr. Whitney's work, click here.

THIS WEBSITE OFFERS VARIOUS RESOURCES for theological reflection -- podcasts, downloadable articles, commentaries and reviews, and links in the following areas of interest: Reconciling Belief in God with Evil and Suffering Justifying Religious Beliefs: Christian Philosophy of Religion Christian Spirituality and Bible Theological Reflection Religion and Culture: Christianity and New Age Spiritualities Religion and Culture: Christianity, Cults, and World Religions Religion and Culture: Christianity and Atheistic Secularism. For each of these areas, this site contains a growing number of podcasts, articles, reviews, book chapters, and new essays -- Dr. Whitney's and those of other scholars. The podcasts are published on this website along with some class video clips and student testimonials. This website is always a work in progress, with new material added as circumstances allow. Enjoy.

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