Evil is an illusion

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Parent debateThis argument is used in the debate Does God exist?.
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A fox in a henhouse: good for the fox, bad for the hens. In itself, nothing is "good" or "evil"; these words are categories relative to a particular position. It's illogical to make "evil" a category in its own right, a substance, when it's a relation: x is bad for y, good for z. X (event, person, situation, phenomenon etc.) is neither good nor bad in itself!

Spinoza quote

Not only can we establish intellectually that "evil" does not exist in itself, but some people have realized this through mystical experience. In this experience, everything is perfect, everything is good, and the notion of evil dissolves.

Mystical quotes



Arguments forJustifications

  • Argument forNotions of Good and Evil mean nothing to the universe
  • Argument forMost mystics have directly perceived that all is well.

Arguments againstObjections

  • Argument againstDefining right and wrong are the pillars of religious belief

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