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Catholic Word of the Day: SUPREME EVIL. 05-01-09 ^ | 05-01-09 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 05/01/2009 7:01:18 PM PDT by Salvation

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Whatever is regarded as the greatest loss or deprivation. Different philosophies conceive it in different ways, depending on what they consider the supreme good. In any religion or system of thought, the supreme evil is taken to mean the loss of the supreme good. In Christianity the supreme objective evil is grave sin; the supreme subjective evil is hell, or the eternal loss of the vision [of] God.

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Evil vs. Good
1 posted on 05/01/2009 7:01:19 PM PDT by Salvation
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Sorry I forgot about posting this morning.

2 posted on 05/01/2009 7:01:53 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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3 posted on 05/01/2009 7:04:18 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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Even before we get to the Gospel, we must clarify that "Supreme" does not apply to "evil" the way it does to "Good". As Lewis would say, Satan is the opposite not of God but of Michael. Whatever sort of "being" or "existing" one would attribute to God cannot be attributed to evil, because evil is all about non-being and privation of good.

What's good about the post is that it says that well. The Supreme Evil is not a thing in itself (Or, as we say in German, the ding-a-ling an sich, it is the loss of the Supreme Good.

4 posted on 05/02/2009 2:47:10 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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