• Galaxie
    1
    I have an essay to write in religion class about the theme ”Good vs Evil” according to the bible, we are currently working with ethics but the subject kinda goes under philosophy too (at least in my opininon, correct me if I’m wrong).

    I’m wondering if anyone has any tips for where i can find information, theories, reflections about good vs evil online, it does not have to be related to the bible only it follows the good vs evil theme.
    I won’t have the time to read a book so I’d prefer if i can find the information online.

    Thanks in advance, hope I didn’t post this in the wrong place.
  • Πετροκότσυφας
    912
    Hi, welcome to the forum!

    You can check out articles from well-known online philosophical encyclopedias. For example:

    Value Theory
    Perfect Goodness
    The Concept of Evil
    The Problem of Evil
    Logical Problem of Evil
    The Evidential Problem of Evil
  • Mitchell
    134
    "The good that I would do, I do not do; the evil that I hate, that is what I do." St. Paul
  • Mitchell
    134
    "Do not do evil in order to brinig about good." St. Paul
  • TimeLine
    2.7k


    If you want some specificity in the details, you could also look into the Donatist schism and the concept of purity in the church with Augustine' attempt to reconcile this vis-a-vis the Catholic Church. There is a strong discussion about what 'good' and 'evil' entails - Augustine believed that coercion should be used to force the schismatics back to Catholicism by claiming the parable of the supper is verification that salvation is only possible through the Church. Paul is another example of this, but Aug also discussed the other parables including Dragnet and the Tares where both good and evil were invited to the wedding in as much as wheat and tares grow together. Is the suggestion by Augustine that ultimately forcing Donatists to align themselves with the Catholic Church ethical - considering it did ultimately lead to their violent demise - inasmuch as it is ethical for the Donatists to claim no validity in religious practice unless the practitioner clearly exemplified a rigour of extreme purity? Also, is there any real validity in Biblical hermeneutics?

    I recommend Against the Donatists.
  • AngleWyrm
    66
    Some tips:
    "Evil" is a word that used to mean being of two minds on a subject, a synonym for ambivalent.
    "Good" can be thought of as the summary assessment of actions that survived.
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