The Problem with Evil

  • Ian A. McFarland
  • Theology Today, January 2018, SAGE Publications
  • DOI: 10.1177/0040573617731711

Reasons to be cautious in using the term 'evil'

What is it about?

Humans like to label states of affairs either good or evil. This article suggests that there are reasons to avoid applying these terms to states of affairs (in contrast to the actions of personal agents) because such usage carries within it the invidious expectation that the good of individual creatures should conform to a general type.

Why is it important?

The paper calls into question the category of 'natural evil', as well as interpretations of evil as privation.

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