Have you fallen for the myth of pure evil?

In his book Evil, psychologist Roy Baumeister busts what he calls the myth of pure evil, the idea that evil is, the intentional and gratuitous infliction of harm for its own sake, perpetrated by a villain who is malevolent to the bone, inflicted on a victim who is innocent and good. We see depictions of this [Read More...]

A momentary lapse of reason?

I’ve been following with great interest Sam Harris’s extended exchanges with his critics. First it was Daniel Dennet, who wrote a lengthy and scathing critique of Harris’s book Free Will, calling it a “veritable museum of mistakes.” I am grateful to Harris for saying, so boldly and clearly, what less outgoing scientists are¬†thinking but keeping [Read More...]

Storming the four fortresses of hell – part 2

Last week I began my assault on what I’m calling the four fortresses of hell, beginning with “truth.” By “fortress,” I mean a concept on which people tend to plant their flag when it comes to developing a theology of post-mortem rewards and punishments. I narrowed it down to four: truth, freedom, justice and love. [Read More...]


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