The Gentle Readers of Liberty’s Torch have a spread of opinions and convictions about God, the supernatural, and religion. That’s to the good: it makes for a variegated background for subjects such as this one. One of the critical issues that arise from that spread is this one, which I’ll touch on briefly for now and return to – hopefully – later in the day for fuller treatment.
In truth, we’ve covered a lot of ground already. Intent seems to be the core requirement for evil, whether or not evil deeds result. However, among our Gentle Readers are some who have cited certain authorities, who have issued prescriptions and proscriptions that aren’t entirely in accord. That raises this highly contentious question:
Can an authority legitimately decree that some action is evil and thus make it so? Inversely, can an authority legitimately decree that some action is not evil and thus make it so? If this is ever possible, what qualifications must that authority possess? If he lacks any of those qualifications, could his decrees still be relevant to evil, and if so how?
There you go, Gentle Readers. Chew it over and we’ll get back on the topic a bit later. One last thing: This tongue-in-cheek tale is highly relevant to the topic. Think about it.