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Live interactive forum to address 'Evil and Suffering'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Several University of Iowa student groups are sponsoring a local satellite feed of a national debate about the meaning of evil and suffering in the world. A group of scholars will debate the question, "Is there meaning in evil and suffering," in a free public program that will be shown live in Room W10 Pappajohn Business Administration Building Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5:45 p.m. The broadcast will originate from the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga.

The Forum will use a blend of broadcast and interactive technologies for viewers at satellite locations and those viewing across the Internet, <>. After the discussion viewers may email questions to the panelists.

The UI broadcast is co-sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ, Christian Faculty/Staff Network, Parkview College Ministries, and the University Lecture Committee. The national sponsors of this event include the Faith and Science Lecture Forum (FSLF), Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Christian Leadership Ministries and other individuals and organizations.

The scheduled panelists include Ravi Zacharias, Bernard Leikind, Jitendra Mohanty, and William Lane Craig.

Zacharias, a lecturer with the Staley Foundation is well versed in the disciplines of comparative religions, cults and philosophy, and held the chair of evangelism and contemporary thought at Alliance Theological Seminary.

Leikind, a plasma physicist known for his work in explaining the physics of firewalking as well as his participation in dozens of firewalks, will represent a naturalist worldview. He has taught physics and researched at the University of Maryland, UCLA, the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, and General Atomics. Leikind is also the Senior Editor of Skeptic magazine, the official publication of the Skeptic Society.

Mohanty, the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies at Emory University and professor of philosophy at Temple University, will represent an Eastern perspective. Mohanty's research areas include phenomenology, Immanuel Kant, Indian philosophy, logic and epistemology. His particular talent is in examining Western philosophy from an Eastern perspective.

Craig, an authority in the philosophy of religion, currently teaches at Talbot School of Theology, and lives in Atlanta, where he works as a writer and speaker.

Moderating the Forum will be Kerby Anderson. Anderson has written more than 12 books including Vanity and Meaning (1995). He has been a guest on radio and TV talk shows including the USA Radio Network, the evening PBS News Hour.

For more information on the UI satellite broadcast, contact Chris Swanson 351-3568 or Darrin Skur 338-2920. Both are members of Campus Crusade for Christ.