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Evil and the Response of World Religion

Evil and the Response of World Religion
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"While for Maimonides and others evil designated radical unreality, lack of being, for the Kabbalah the realm of evil, the other side, was too real, too much a matter of Jewish corporate and personal experience, to be denied its reality by attributing the human experience of evil merely to an intellectual deficiency." --Sheldon Isenberg, University of Florida

"There is no word in Pali which is the exact equivalent of the English word evil. The word which is frequently used in Pali is papa, which means that which defiles the mind. It is associated with the three immoral roots: greed, hatred, and delusion. All evil actions are rooted in one or more of these three qualities."--Medegama Vajiragnana, Abbot, London Buddhist Vihara

"The main emphasis of the teachings of Islam is, therefore, a constant concern and endless effort to purify the intentions of the inner self. This, according to the Qur'an, constitutes one of the cardinal functions of the Prophet. Such inner purification of the self is a fundamental objective, because in Islam the root of all evil is the inner human intention."--Muhammad Al-Ghazali, International Islamic University, Pakistan

Evil is as problematic today as it was for the founders of the world's religions or the philosophers of the ancient world. It seems to challenge our most basic and dearly held suppositions about divine goodness or the possible betterment of humanity.

In Evil and the Response of World Religions, editor William Cenkner has gathered 19 essays--from authorities such as Peter C. Phan, Wande Abimbola, Riffat Hassan, Paul Badham, Chandra Wikramagamage, and Mary Ann Stenger--which reflect not only the wisdom of the West, Asia, and Africa, but also contemporary insights from feminist, liberationist, and ecological perspectives. All writers face the similar enigma that as human potential increases, so too does the possibility of human depravity.

Religions, both East and West, have responded to the problem of evil through their shamans, prophets, and wisdom figures with understanding and profound consideration. In other words, each tradition, either collectively or through individual thinkers, has something distinct and important to say. The purpose in Evil and the Response of World Religions is to identify causes and possible solutions to particular manifestations of evil--such as war, racism, consumerism, and family fragmentation.

WILLIAM CENKNER is an Indologist and professor of the history of religions. He is former dean of the school of religious studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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