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Evil and the Devil (Library of New Testament Studies)

Evil and the Devil (Library of New Testament Studies)

Evil and the Devil (Library of New Testament Studies) by Ida Fröhlich, Erkki Koskenniemi
English | ISBN: 0567371484 | 2013 | PDF | 272 pages | 1.28 MB

The problem of evil has preoccupied world religions for centuries. The Old Testament contained no uniform dogma on evil powers, launching a fierce debate that has dominated theological and philosophical thought through the centuries to this day.

Evil and the Devil brings together contributions from leading inter national scholars to chart that debate, tracing the history of evil from its origins in the Old Testament through early Judaism and the New Testament to the thought of Origen and one of the topic’s most influential theologians, Augustine. What role did evil adopt in ancient Judaism? What impact did the association of miracles with demons have upon Matthew’s Gospel? Evil and the Devil examines such questions, resulting in a fascinating and comprehensive exploration of portrayals of evil and its power and influence on religious thought.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Devil in the Old Testament, Prof. Antti Laato

2. Evil in Second Temple Texts, Prof. Ida Fröhlich

3. Demonic Beings and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Prof. Loren T. Stuckenbruck

4. The Devil in Rabbinic Literature, Prof. Gottfried Reeg

5. Miracles of the Devil and His Assistants in Early Judaism and Their Influence on the Gospel of Matthew, Adj. Prof. Erkki Koskenniemi

6. Mark and the Devil, Prof. Jan Dochhorn

7. Binding the Strong Man: Demon-Possession and Liberation in the Gospel of Luke, Dr. Márta Cserháti

8. The Believing Jews as the Children of the Devil in John 8.44: Similarity as a Threat to Social Identity, Dr. Raimo Hakola

9. Paul and the Devil, Dr.Michael Becker

10. 1 Peter and the Lion, Prof. Lauri Thurén

11. The Dangerous Loser: The Narrative and Rhetorical Function of the Devil as Character in the Book of Revelation, Dr. Michael Labahn

12. “Evil is not a Nature”. Origen on Evil and the Devil, Dr. Anna Tzvetkova-Glaser

13. Augustine and Evil, Prof. Frederick Van Fleteren

Bibliogrpahy

Index

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Evil and Human Agency [Repost]

Evil and Human Agency: Understanding Collective Evildoing by Arne Johan Vetlesen
English | 1 Dec. 2005 | ISBN: 0521856949 | 328 Pages | PDF | 3 MB

Evil is a poorly understood phenomenon. In this provocative 2005 book, Professor Vetlesen argues that to do evil is to intentionally inflict pain on another human being, against his or her will, and causing serious and foreseeable harm. Vetlesen investigates why and in what sort of circumstances such a desire arises, and how it is channeled, or exploited, into collective evildoing.

A History of Drug Use in Sport: 1876 – 1976: Beyond Good and Evil by Paul Dimeo

A History of Drug Use in Sport: 1876 – 1976: Beyond Good and Evil by Paul Dimeo
English | Aug 19, 2007 | ISBN: 0415357713, 0415357721 | 168 Pages | PDF | 1 MB

This book offers a new history of drug use in sport. It argues that the idea of taking drugs to enhance performance has not always been the crisis or ‘evil’ we now think it is. Instead, the late nineteenth century was a time of some experimentation and innovation largely unhindered by talk of cheating or health risks. By the interwar period, experiments had been modernised in the new laboratories of exercise physiologists. Still there was very little sense that this was contrary to the ethics or spirit of sport. Sports, drugs and science were closely linked for over half a century.

The Second World War provided the impetus for both increased use of drugs and the emergence of an anti-doping response. By the end of the 1950s a new framework of ethics was being imposed on the drugs question that constructed doping in highly emotive terms as an ‘evil’. Alongside this emerged the science and procedural bureaucracy of testing. The years up to 1976 laid the foundations for four decades of anti-doping. This book offers a detailed and critical understanding of who was involved, what they were trying to achieve, why they set about this task and the context in which they worked. By doing so, it reconsiders the classic dichotomy of ‘good anti-doping’ up against ‘evil doping’.

Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy

Evil in Modern Thought: An Alternative History of Philosophy by Susan Neiman
English | 2002 | ISBN: 0691096082, 0691117926 | 358 pages | PDF | 3,3 MB

Evil threatens human reason, for it challenges our hope that the world makes sense. For eighteenth-century Europeans, the Lisbon earthquake was manifest evil. Today we view evil as a matter of human cruelty, and Auschwitz as its extreme incarnation. Examining our understanding of evil from the Inquisition to contemporary terrorism, Susan Neiman explores who we have become in the three centuries that separate us from the early Enlightenment. In the process, she rewrites the history of modern thought and points philosophy back to the questions that originally animated it.

Whether expressed in theological or secular terms, evil poses a problem about the world's intelligibility. It confronts philosophy with fundamental questions: Can there be meaning in a world where innocents suffer? Can belief in divine power or human progress survive a cataloging of evil? Is evil profound or banal? Neiman argues that these questions impelled modern philosophy. Traditional philosophers from Leibniz to Hegel sought to defend the Creator of a world containing evil. Inevitably, their efforts–combined with those of more literary figures like Pope, Voltaire, and the Marquis de Sade–eroded belief in God's benevolence, power, and relevance, until Nietzsche claimed He had been murdered. They also yielded the distinction between natural and moral evil that we now take for granted. Neiman turns to consider philosophy's response to the Holocaust as a final moral evil, concluding that two basic stances run through modern thought. One, from Rousseau to Arendt, insists that morality demands we make evil intelligible. The other, from Voltaire to Adorno, insists that morality demands that we don't.

Beautifully written and thoroughly engaging, this book tells the history of modern philosophy as an attempt to come to terms with evil. It reintroduces philosophy to anyone interested in questions of life and death, good and evil, suffering and sense.