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How to Rid the World of Evil

Over the years I have heard both helpful and not-so-helpful ways of thinking and speaking about evil. On the helpful side: In 1974 I interviewed the late Father Henri Nouwen about the writings of Thomas Merton on nonviolence. Nouwen was a teacher at Yale Divinity School at the time and had written a book about Merton entitled Pray to Live.
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Ask a Franciscan: How Did Evil Begin?

Q. What is the absolute root cause of evil? How can an absolute evil (the devil) come from an absolute good (God)? Didn’t Satan choose something that already existed? If paradise is real, how could evil enter into it? When people speak of “free will,” it sounds as though they mean “without God.” If so, isn’t free will a bad thing?
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Ridding the World of Evil

Since the beginning of human history, violence and bloody warfare have been among humanity’s most common ways of eliminating those seen as enemies. And in recent decades, we have not found better methods, or so it seems, of eliminating these opponents. Our “enemies” are still there, despite the escalation of bloody conflicts, whether in our own neighborhoods or on the international scene. Consider, for example, the violent conflicts still raging or smoldering in the Middle East (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Israel, West Bank, Gaza, etc.).
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