Thursday, September 25, 2014

Theology of Evil

Does evil exist? This is an interesting question. People ask, since God created the world did he also create evil? This is a large topic to examine here; however, we could laconically claim that evil is the absence of good, as is darkness the absence of light. John Meyendorff below gives his views on evil, and the theology of evil, which he feels is lacking in Christian life today.


‘The reality of evil is another aspect of the situation which is being overlooked. Not that the evil phenomena of human life are not recognized, whether they be war, racism, social injustice, or totalitarian oppression; but a theology of evil is tragically lacking. I submit that it is impossible to understand the meaning of the Christian faith about man and the world, that it is impossible to be faithful to the significance of the Cross of Jesus, without admitting that Evil has a personalized existence, and therefore a strategy, a sense of reacting and plotting against God’s work. . .
Personally, I think that the rationalistic disbelief of Satan is one of the saddest and most unnecessary results of the modern demythologizing of the New Testament narratives, and also one of the most bourgeois products of our modern secularized mode of thinking, inherited from nineteenth-century positivism. Writers and artists, especially since Dostoyevsky, have had a much better grasp than theologians of the tragic, cosmic struggle in which man is engaged.’[1]  




[1] Meyendorff, John, Living Tradition, (Crestwood, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1978), p. 141.

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