evil, antithesis of good. The philosophical problem of evil is most simply stated in the question, why does evil exist in the world? Death, disease, and sin are often included in the problem. Traditional Christian belief ascribes evil to the misdeeds of humans, to whom God has granted free will. The Christian systems that believe in predestination and justification by faith claim, like their Christian opponents, that God is still not the author of the evil men do. One explanation of evil is dualism, as in Zoroastrianism and Manichaeism. In optimism evil is treated often as more apparent than real. The book of Job is a literary treatment of the problem.

See R. Taylor, Good and Evil (1970); F. Sontag, The God of Evil (1970); R. Stivers, Evil in Modern Myth and Ritual (1982); D. Parkin, ed., The Anthropology of Evil (1987).

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Evil: Selected full-text books and articles

On Evil By St. Thomas Aquinas; Brian Davies; Richard Regan Oxford University Press, 2003
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Evil and the Augustinian Tradition By Charles T. Mathewes Cambridge University Press, 2001
Naming Evil, Judging Evil By Ruth W. Grant University of Chicago Press, 2006
What Evil Means to Us By C. Fred Alford Cornell University Press, 1997
Women and Evil By Nel Noddings University of California Press, 1989
The Atrocity Paradigm: A Theory of Evil By Claudia Card Oxford University Press, 2002
On Evil By Adam Morton Routledge, 2004
Rethinking Evil: Contemporary Perspectives By María Pía Lara University of California Press, 2001
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