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Why does evil exist This is the question theodicy asks Why would an all-loving all-good and all-powerful God allow suffering to take place In this class weve tried to understand varying answers to this question and others from many different perspectives psychological feminist artistic and African-American Throughout this course weve read many authors who have tried to if at least partially solve the problem of suffering for themselves and for all of us as well The movie Dogma displays many of these points-of-view in a single piece of artistic expression It touches on concepts which have been espoused by psychologists such as Freud feminists such as Saiving and Noddings and African-Americans authors such as Jones and ConeThe most clearly discernable reference to the argument of Freud in relation to religion and suffering occurs close to the beginning of the movie in Lokis conversation with the nun After giving his theory that Through the Looking Glass is a critique of organized religion he says Organized religion destroys who we are or who we can be by inhibiting our actions and decisions out of fear of an intangible parent-figure who shakes a finger at us from thousands of years ago and says No no She asks him upon finishing their conversation and being convinced to leave the Church what she should do now Loki tells her to Just get out there and taste life Freud would agree completely that religion is in fact detrimental and partially even a cause of human suffering Through its work in civilization it places restrictions upon the actions of the individual and causes the individual to suffer guilt as a result of a natural desire to overcome those restrictions Religion serves on behalf of civilization to inhibit the individual from acting upon instinct FOI 47 Freud would add to this however that religions primary purpose for humans is to act as protector of the individual against Nature Fate and to compensate them
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