Here is the final bit of my interview with the South Korean Buddhist editors The Monthly YangWoo Magazine 3/2020. Not surprisingly they were particularly interested in my views of why there is suffering in the world. As you know, that is a central component of Buddhist thought. I know many people who find Buddhist approaches highly satisfying; many others who simply do not think that way.
My own writings about suffering – especially my book God’s Problem — have all been connected in one way or another with the western tradition, rooted in both Judaism and Christianity, especially as these are seen in the Bible itself. I make no qualms about the fact that these are the traditions I resonate with. I do not think that is either good or bad, in part because I do not believe it is *possible* to have a neutral position on important questions – any important question (arguably any question at all!). Even if you try. And even if you claim you do have a neutral position.
And so I wrestle with suffering from where I am, from what I know, from what I’ve experienced, and from how I think. So do they – but their world is very different. In any event, my answers here are short and to the point, as required by the context of the interview…..
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