Re: [Slate] American Religious fervor, by the numbers

Tim Byars (
Thu, 1 Jul 1999 21:22:42 -0700

At 10:17 PM -0500 7/1/99, Jeff Bone did the job with this:

> Okay, by your arguments:
> Good == creation. (given)
> Evil is the opposite of good. (def. of "evil")

I never said that. Evil is not the opposite of good. The best
definition of evil I ever heard was this, "if your dog need it's tail
cut off, cutting it off isn't evil, cutting it off one inch at a time

Evil is to me the unnecessary expenditure of energy, mental, physical,
or psychological.

> Destruction is the opposite of creation. (def. of "destruction.")

Wrong. A Volcano can be seen as destructive, but it is actually
creation in progress. Huge fires that sweep the plains are seen as
destructive, but actually again are part of the life cycle of nature.

> Destruction is evil. (inference)

Destruction without warrent is evil.

> Destruction occurs in nature. (empirical)

I disagree with this. Of course you are probably going to bring up the
fact that Bambi was killed when the Volcano erupted. That would be
assuming death is wrong.

> .: Nature is evil.

Still looking for one good example of the great Satan in nature.



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