RexRed
 
Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 04:50 am
I am interested in what you all have to say before I give my own opinion...

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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 05:08 am
you cant its impossible

terms like evil are entirely subjective

one man's evil is another man's holy work
Bohne
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 05:17 am
I think steve is right, but my personal evil is

Deliberately hurting others or accepting that others might be hurt by one's actions while there is another way...
squinney
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 05:19 am
In one of his books, Dr. M Scott Peck defined evil as "...live spelled backwords."

So I would define evil as being in opposition of life and living. That includes abusers, manipulators, liars, etc., not just murderers.
Wolf ODonnell
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 05:45 am
Steve 41oo wrote:
you cant its impossible

terms like evil are entirely subjective

one man's evil is another man's holy work


You're right, but I suspect RR would like you to give us your personal, subjective definition of evil.

My personal definition of evil would be similar to Bohne's. Though evil is a subjective term, I suspect it's not as subject as you made it out to be in your post, as the majority of people's definition of evil will have some common ground.
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c logic
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 07:43 am
Re: Define "Evil"...
RexRed wrote:
Define "Evil"...


Here's my definition:

"A feeling of discomfort towards an entity that can cause physical or mental harm."

Since feelings are subjective and also depend on one's point of view (country, ideology, religion, personal traits, etc.), "Evil" is subjective as well. Looking at Evil as something universal or objective would therefore be wrong.
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neologist
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 08:00 am
. . . that which is in opposition to God's will and purpose. . .
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Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 08:23 am
neologist wrote:
. . . that which is in opposition to God's will and purpose. . .
Defining evil in those terms means you must first define "God", then go on to define what His "will and purpose" is before you finally say evil is the opposite. Very Happy
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NickFun
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 08:25 am
Evil is anything that opposes life or causes suffering
Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 08:27 am
NickFun wrote:
Evil is anything that opposes life or causes suffering
what form of life?
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neologist
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 08:28 am
Steve 41oo wrote:
neologist wrote:
. . . that which is in opposition to God's will and purpose. . .
Defining evil in those terms means you must first define "God", then go on to define what His "will and purpose" is before you finally say evil is the opposite. Very Happy
You are absolutely right!

That being said, I refer you to:
http://www.able2know.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1707217#1707217
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NickFun
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 08:30 am
In our case, HUMAN life.
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baddog1
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 08:51 am
Along the lines of this thread:

Is adultery evil?
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fresco
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 09:11 am
If we define evil as the deliberate infliction of harm or suffering on another animate being then the question about adultery involves (a) was it deliberate ?(b) did it cause harm or suffering ?
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 09:24 am
How about, "against the morality of a society or culture."
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fresco
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 09:41 am
Infrable,

That begs the question of the definition of "morality of a culture".
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neologist
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 10:16 am
Accept as allegory or debate as to fact:

The understanding of what is good and what is bad; what is right and what is wrong; what is good and what is evil; is the subject of the challenge made by Satan in the Garden of Eden.

Whether our first human parents were flawed in their creation has been the subject of much debate; but if you believe the Bible's depiction of God and his works as perfect, then it is reasonable to conclude that Adam and Eve had basic moral principles created within them as instinct or conscience. The only choice they had was whether or not they would continue to submit to God's authority and accept the direction of their moral compass. (The tree)

Satan offered them the opportunity to decide for themselves what was good and what was bad. In other words, they could now override the dictates of their individual and collective conscience. Bereft of God's perfect inner direction, man has been left to define evil in humanistic terms. Our current state of moral cacophony has been the result.

This is why we are unable to satisfactorily define evil. It is neither within our purview, nor is it our right. (Compare Jeremiah 10:23)
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fresco
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 10:25 am
neologist,

Given that all defintions themselves depend on words there is inevitably a potential infinite regress for any concept. To single out "evil" on "biblical grounds" is trivial.
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NickFun
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 10:29 am
My ex-wife is the very definition of evil. You should ask her directly.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Fri 29 Sep, 2006 11:14 am
fresco wrote:
Infrable,

That begs the question of the definition of "morality of a culture".


Given that because there is inevitably a potential infinite regress for any concept due to the fact that all definitions themselves depend on words, any posit will naturally result in a potentially infinite regress, especially definitions for these kinds of abstract concepts, all that I can offer is an approximation of a definitive explanation.

'Morality of a culture" means that which a culture deems 'right behavior.'
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