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Monday, June 10, 2013

Quote-Tastic #6 What is Evil?

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Layton Green has become one of my favorite mystery authors. But his mysteries are not typical. His characters investigate crimes involving religious phenomena, typically cults, and Green ruminates on all manner of religious and philosophical questions. He also has a knack for taking a location and making it part of the story, almost another character. The quote below is composed of several related quotes that I edited and strung together.

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But Christianity's and Zoroastrianism's version of the Devil, as well as the original Jewish concept of a Satan--which simply means adversary in Hebrew--all beg the same question: from where did evil arise?

"I think it best if we know and understand our adversaries, or at least that which we perceive our adversaries to be. I believe in combating ignorance with knowledge, and hopefully wisdom."

"Pure hedonism as the highest form of evil, the antithesis of selflessness. And from where do you believe the impetus for such behavior derives?

"I'd like to say nature, but I'm not sure I believe that. Plenty of evil acts serve no biological or evolutionary function. But nurture just begs the same question, since it started somewhere."


  1. Interesting quote! I haven't heard of this author, but the book sounds good.

    I read about a series awhile back by Phil Rickman--Midwinter of the Spirit, a Merrily Watkins mystery. I haven't read it so I don't know if it's anything like this, but you might check it out. It sounded interesting to me...but I haven't found the time to read it.:(


  2. Oh that's different. I love a good mystery series. Sounds like one I might enjoy too! I'll have to check them out. I love when they're just a little different in focus like that.

    Great picks Bea!


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