Anth 146 Notes 9.29

Anth 146 Notes 9.29 - Good vs Evil Good spirit of Jesus...

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Good vs Evil Good spirit of Jesus Christ vs Bad Spirit and sin of Flesh (original sin) Augustine: Original Sin: sins of infancy - none pure from sin, even infants If God is all powerful, where does evil come from? God is not only all-powerful, but all good Justify evil if God is all good Problem of Theodicy Embraces the dualistic answer of Manikyism - believe that there are 2 powers good and evil, and they were equal forces, always in combat Augustine wants to transcend the conflict, so rejects them Could not accept their answer - the two forces are not equal If there is a force that opposes the good and is equal in power to the good, then God could not be all-powerful If God is responsible for evil, then he is not all good Final answer: evil is the absence of the good - imperfection of division/manyness that is found in man, not in God Linked to Descarte's proof of God: human beings are imperfect because we have bodies in addition to mind, God only is "mind" Book 8, Section 9 What is the root of monstrosness? The mind gives the body an order and is obeyed at once - the mind gives itself an order and is resisted. The mind commands the hand to move and there is such redyness that you can hardly distinguish the command from
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