Do Theists own the term evil?
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02-11-2012, 11:06 PM
Do Theists own the term evil?
Evil is a term that in the right sentence can hold much power in the images and historical references it brings forth to the reader/listener. It's used as a label for many reasons, but most notably to categorise a certain time of psychological behaviour that is framed by the notion of the committing of sin. It is for this reason that some suggest the term evil should no longer be used within academic circles, in particular philosophy, because as soon as one mentions the term sin, religion holds a position in the discussion.

I had never thought of it in such a way, as for me, evil was simply an adjective given to those who met a certain set of criteria. The notion of sin did not consciously come to mind, when I applied the term. However now I am left wondering.... Do Theists own the term evil, and for this reason should people who don't believe in a God, refrain from using it philosophically? The following articles broach the issue well.

http://neophilosophical.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/do-atheists-believe-in-evil.html

http://www.secularhumanism.org/index.php?page=simon_26_1§ion=library

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Do Theists own the term evil? - Elph - 02-11-2012 11:06 PM
RE: Do Theists own the term evil? - DLJ - 03-11-2012, 02:06 AM
RE: Do Theists own the term evil? - Ghost - 03-11-2012, 08:00 AM
RE: Do Theists own the term evil? - DLJ - 03-11-2012, 02:31 PM
RE: Do Theists own the term evil? - Ghost - 04-11-2012, 08:59 AM
RE: Do Theists own the term evil? - Ghost - 04-11-2012, 05:54 PM
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