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Dr. Barry Whitney is Professor Emeritus of Christian Studies (Theology and Philosophy of Religion) and Religion and Culture. He taught for 37 years at the University of Windsor (in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) -- 21 of those years in the Department of Religious Studies where he served as Department Head, and for the past several years in the Religion and Culture program. Before commencing an extended leave in 2007, he had taught several thousand students in more than 165 courses. His classes have been popular among students with over 500 students enrolled in his latest offerings: courses on "God and Evil," "God and Atheism," "Religion and Culture," and "Justifying Religious Beliefs." Dr. Whitney taught more than 25 different courses in Christian Philosophy of Religion and various other areas, including "World Religions," "Religion and Science," "Process Theology," "Religion and Literature," and etc. (see Course pages). He also directed and assessed over two dozen M.A. theses and Ph.D. dissertations, and has been active in research, writing, and composing meditative Christian music.

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Teaching has been Dr. Whitney's priority: he has taken in large numbers of students each year despite the extra burden of preparations, administration and counseling which comes with large classes. When time permitted, he taught also outside the classroom in a variety of churches and in academic settings (including a graduate course in Theodicy at The Claremont School of Theology). His has published a dozen Books and Book Chapters, and was Editor of the international academic journal, Process Studies for 14 years, editing 28 issues from 1996-2009 and serving that journal previously as Abstracts Editor and Dissertations Abstracts Editor (1990-1997). Dr. Whitney also has written more than 130 articles and book reviews for several academic theology and philosophy journals. and is a member of the International Editorical Advisory Board for the Australian journal, Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics. He served also as the "Religion and Science" Book Review sub-Editor for Religious Studies Review. Dr. Whitney has been a Fellow and Tutor of Admissions for Canterbury College, Windsor, a Lecturer for the Pastoral Care Program at the Southwestern Regional Center in Blenheim, Ontario, a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue and of several theological and philosophical societies. Dr. Whitney remains as active as time permits in the religious community, presenting teachings on Christianity -- including the Problem of Reconciling Belief in God with Evil and Suffering, Christianity and the New Age, Christianity and secular atheisism, and other Apologetic areas.

Dr. Whitney is a regular communicant in the Catholic Church and has been engaged in teaching and writing towards a coherent defense ("apologetic" justification) of traditional Christianity. Dr. Whitney holds a unique, greatly modified understanding of process thought which is consistent with biblical theology and the best of traditional Christian theism. He believes that many of the criticisms of process thought by traditional theists are based on misunderstandings, often due to the lack of clarity by process thinkers. At the same time, he believes that many criticisms are legitimate with respect to versions of process thought that Dr. Whitney does not endorse. As time permits, one of his current research projects is to publish his defense of traditional Catholic Christianity, informed by certain features in the process theism of Charles Hartshorne (1897-2000), his esteemed teacher at the University of Texas.

Dr. Whitney earned an Honours B. A. in Biblical Studies and Christian Theology, an Honours B.A. in English Literature, and a Ph.D. in Christian Theology and Philosophy of Religion (with a minor in Buddhism). Both degrees included several philosophy courses as well. Dr. Whitney has extensive background in Eastern religions and the state of contemporary Christianity amid the cultural conflicts between Christian theism and both atheistic secular humanism and the New Age spiritualities which are, in effect, the spiritual and optimistic side of cynical postmodern deconstructionism. He has taught and written in the theological/philosophical field of philosophy of religion and Christian Theology, with his main expertise and emphasis on the problem of reconciling belief in God with evil and suffering.

Besides publishing over 130 Academic Articles and Reviews, a dozen books and book chapters and 28 edited issues of Process Studies, Dr. Whitney has published more than 350 other Articles and Abstracts for academic journals, and has given dozens of academic papers, seminars, workshops and public lectures. He has debated the New Age guru Deepak Chopra and the controversial Bishop Joseph Sprague on Vision TV, and has been interviewed on CBC television and radio (Canada) and in print media, including Time magazine (Canadian edition), The New York Times, The Washington Times, Newsday, Long Island, The Chicago Tribune, The Ottawa Citizen, etc.

Dr. Whitney has taught Christianity, Philosophy of Religion, and Religion and Culture at the University of Windsor since 1976 where he has received several merit awards, research grants, a Research Professorship, and promotion to the the rank of Full Professor (in 1990). He has chaired and served on several Faculty of Arts and University committees, as well as being elected for a term to the University Senate. He also served for a brief term as Head of the Religious Studies Department and as Tutor of Admissions and Fellow of Canterbury College in Windsor.

Dr. Whitney's major resource book, Theodicy, has been the standard academic reference work in the important study of reconciling belief in God with the world's evil and suffering, a project which took seven years of research to complete before its publication (1993) and two more years to complete a second (expanded) edition (1998). He has also co-authored The Reality of God (1982), and authored Evil and the Process God (1985), and What Are They Saying About God and Evil? (1989). He has published several dozens of academic articles, reviews and abstracts and has given manyl media interviews on the Problem of reconciling (justifying) belief in God. He was commissioned to write the "Evil," "Theodicy," and "Paul Tillich" entries in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (2002) and "the Problem of Evil" entry in the New Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theology. Testimonies to his work can be found on the Theodicy pages.

Dr. Whitney has one of the world's largest libraries on Theodicy, the Problem of God and Evil. His collection includes over 1,500 books and 8,000 photocopied articles. This is the centerpiece of his 15,000-book theological library. He also has a large collection of Icelandic books and recordings.

He is married to Juliann Whitney (nee Blackmore), a former CTV and CBC (Canada) Television award-winning producer/ reporter/ anchor, and the director of several television shows and the widely acclaimed Icelandic-Canadian film, A Saga of Hope: An Icelandic Odyssey. Juliann is the producer of Dr. Whitney's podcasts. Dr. Whitney can be reached by email at <DrBarryWhitney@mac.com>