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An excerpt from a post on evil at Touchstone Magazine's "Mere Comments" Blog. Read the rest here:

Quote:A benevolent God would not allow so much evil to be in the world -- so I hear from people who take neither God nor evil seriously. I don't ask just how much evil would be incompatible with the benevolence of God. Presumably the objectors mean that people do evil things, and people die. I've already cast doubt upon those who use the term "evil" as a counter in an argument which they hope will lead to the conclusion that neither good nor evil exists in reality -- while they hope that their opponents fail to notice the contradiction.  For now I'd like to ask, "Who are you talking about?"
"Do you believe," I ask, "that a benevolent God could not possibly have created me, or could not possibly allow me to remain in existence?"
"Well, no, I will concede that it is imaginable that a benevolent God could have created you."
"Then who are you talking about?  Yourself?  Do you mean that a benevolent God could not have possibly have created you?"
"No, I'm not talking about myself, either.  I'm talking about the evil in the world."
And there you have it: talk about something vague, something extrinsic to myself and perhaps to my lunch companions.  It is unreal.  People who have a palpable sense of the presence of evil do not bandy the subject about in this way.  They understand, sure, that some people commit murders.  They also understand their own hardness of heart, and do not so readily dissociate themselves from killers.  They see people steeped in debauchery; but they know too the promptings of the flesh.  People who have really meditated upon moral evil will not wave it about like a talisman, crying, "See here, God does not exist, and therefore we may do what we please!"  They will sense the evil inherent in that very rationalization.  They know that they themselves are the cause that other people doubt the goodness of God.  They will at least glimpse what Dostoyevsky was getting at, when Sonia tells Raskolnikov that he must lie down upon the earth in full sight of everyone, and kiss it, and cry out that he has sinned against the earth and against all people, and that he and he alone is responsible for all the evil in the world.  That is what people are like, who examine their consciences, and the vanity of their imaginations.
Thanks, I especially enjoyed this part; it sums up succinctly the emptiness of the "post-God"approach to the soul:

Quote:For the problem of evil is ineluctably the personal burden of evil: and the materialist response is brutal.  It is not that you will carry that burden to your grave.  It is worse than that.  It is that your burden in itself means nothing; and that there is no one who can lift it from your shoulders.