6045Whose evil, did you say? (was Re: LOTR review)
- Jun 3, 2002I think I have read this entire discussion to date. I don't quite
follow it. What was the definition for "evil" being used in the
original article? While I do feel Osama Bin Laden is evil, that
belief is founded upon my own understanding of what constitutes
evil. I'm not sure there is or can be a magnitude of evil. One may
or may not be evil, but each evil act is a thing unto itself. After
unjustly putting many Christians to death, Saul of Tarsus had an
experience on the road to Damascus which changed his life, his
beliefs, and his behavior.
Was he evil simply because he had sinned?
The Christian view of evil can be distorted (or distilled into
various flavors) through argument and debate, but if Saul were really
deemed evil by God, then why would God make him an apostle? Or can
evil be cleansed from the soul? Isn't that what salvation is all
Is Osama Bin Laden truly responsible for spurring sales of THE LORD
OF THE RINGS (and one must wonder how such influence was factored out
of the normally strong sales AND the movie-inspired sales AND the
various commercial play-inspired sales)? That sounds rather like the
claim that Al Gore invented the Internet, or that the business boom
of the 1990s would not have happened had Clinton not won the
Maybe if Charles Beckwith III hadn't sat on a bench on April 13,
1914, World War II would never have happened. He committed such an
evil act, if he truly existed, and if his action was indeed the cause
of a long chain of events which led to the invasion of Poland. After
all, where does one draw the line between good and evil?
Is this simply another case of "Us" versus "Them"? According to
Osama Bin Laden (and millions of people in the Arab/Muslim world, if
the western news media is to be believed), America is evil. That
makes us evil. Why? Because someone else believes we are evil.
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