A framework for looking at religion from a philosophical perspective.
Evil is generally defined as the opposite of good and is commonly associated with harmful events (such as destructive acts of nature) or conscious wrongdoing (via individual or group behavior). Read articles about evil below.
The Problem of Evil in Christian theology involves addresses what appears to be a logical contradiction. If God is an omnipotent, all-knowing, morally perfect being, why does he allow evil to exist in the world? Presumably, He could prevent evil from existing if He wanted to, so why does He allow bad things to happen?
Why does an all-powerful, all-knowing God allow bad things to happen to good people? It’s a key problem philosophers and theologians have struggled with for millennia.
The Community Rule (1QS) of the Dead Sea Scrolls says God predestines mankind to one of two categories: the “righteous” and the “wicked.”
Satan is the title of the devil, the chief adversary of Jesus and mankind in Christian traditions.
The Testament of Job, written sometime between 100 BC-100 AD, shows how Satan’s role and character evolved from a servant of God to the spirit of idolatry and vengeance.
If you’ve ever woken up but felt paralyzed – or perhaps you’ve seen things, heard voices, or felt an evil presence. Relax – it’s probably just sleep paralysis.
The devil and evil go hand in hand, and in Professor Russell’s first book in his history of the devil and evil, he takes us back to pre-Christian time.