I previously created a forum topic in which I asked everyone to list the very first sentence in the book with which disagreed, if any.
Of course, some replied to say that they agreed with every single sentence in the entire book, which is wonderful.
However, of those who did say they disagreed with at least one sentence, the most common one by far was the following sentence from page 128:
Eckhart Aurelius Hughes (In It Together, page 128) wrote:There is no problem of evil because there is no evil.
The book is only about 200 pages. So, first, let me say, I am very happy to learn that even for those who don't agree with with me on everything, they by far mostly agree with most of the book.
To disagree about whether or not evil exists could seem like a major point of disagreement. However, really, it means, among those who disagree with that important belief of mine, even they read over 60% of the book, over 120 pages straight, without disagreeing with even a single sentence.
Nonetheless, for those who did disagree with that sentence, and were not convinced by any of the argument or points that followed in that chapter, I want to ask ask three sincere questions:
1. As you yourself use the term, how do you define the word 'evil'?
2. Are the things you think are "evil" things that are in your control or things that are not in your control?
3. Are the things you think are "evil" things that you can change or things you cannot change?
I love learning about different perspectives and beliefs. The more different than mine, the better. So I deeply thank you in advance for your answers to these questions.
Also, if you have not already, I invite you to reply in this other forum topic of mine:
There is no "Is-Ought Problem" because there is no 'ought'.
To me, it's the same concept, just worded slightly differently. However, if you define "evil" as something other than simply something that happens that you believe 'ought' not have happened, then the two conversations might interestingly turn out to be very different.
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