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Here we have a clear example of how humans, including Christians, often participate in evil when attempting to fight evil.
Underneath this lies the hard fact, so difficult for many people to face, that individual salvation is not possible, that the choice before human beings is not, as a rule, between good and evil but between two evils.
This fascination was especially tied to the tendency to regard evil as an aesthetic object, where evil appears as something other and therefore functions as an alternative to the banality of everyday life.
Paulson lays his foundation with etymologies of Greek, Latin, and Old English terms for various evils, and with accounts of Paul and Augustine, of classical and Christian satire, of Dante, Shakespeare, Milton, and Swift.
His book aims to sort out the prevailing "confusion of sin and evil, of religious and moral transgression" (xi); he proposes to clarify the "ambiguity" that "distinguishes our sense of evil" by examining "some of the literary precedents for the difficulty we now experience telling who is good and who evil, and who is evil and who a sinner" (xv).
Jesus and the Scriptures condemn fornication and adultery as grave moral evils, as mortal sins.
To review human reflection about evil is to review the entire history of theology, philosophy, religion, and literature, from the Rig Veda to Plato to Dostoyevski to Wittgenstein.
I saw them: grim faces and evil, and noble faces and sad.
The book does not delve too deeply into the evils monsters like ores, trolls, and balrogs are only sketchily described Saruman is some what marginalized; and Sauron we never meet directly, at all.
These sites humorously suggest that the famously taciturn puppet is behind much evil in the world, doctoring photographs to show Bert alongside the likes of Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, and Jeffrey Dahmer.
Its section on Jackie Robinson, major league baseball's first African-American player, alone is a moving document on the evils of racism as well as a salute to Robinson's courage.
Moral evil is the wickedness committed by human beings; natural evils are the hurtful, destructive elements found in nature--plagues, hurricanes, earthquakes, and diseases.
The first move is a careful analysis of various responses to the evils of suffering revealed in African American history - responses to the conceptualization of suffering as a positive prerequisite for salvation.
In his treatise On the Existence of Evils (De malorum subsistentia = DMS), Proclus argued that Plotinus, who had famously concluded that prime matter is absolute evil and the cause of all evils in the physical, as well as in the psychical realm (Enn.