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Moral Evil

Philosophy : Philosophy Definitions

Moral evil inheres in the wicked actions of humans and the bad consequences that are produced as a direct result of their acts.


By: Dan on Tue, Mar 15th 2005

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Much is made of the distinction between moral evil and natural evil. Is this a valid distinction - in what sense can nature be called evil?

Actions are evil surely because the agent has a choice - and they actively choose evil. If nature just 'is', then in what sense can any natural event be called evil? Natural events can be tragic and devastating, but are they really evil?

True, 'evil' may not be the most appropriate word, but however it is branded, the existence of such things as disease, famine, and natural disaster really need to be accounted for if anyone wants to maintain a belief in an omnipotent (all-powerful) and omnibenevolent (all-loving) god

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