I have no idea when the term "natural evil" was first used, but it has
nothing to do with wickedness. You have to recall that nature covers
everything that is not artificial, in one sense, or coming from an area,
etc. for many senses. "Evil" applies to a vast range of things which are
unpleasant, incompetent--generally negative. So diseases are natural
evils, without a spiritual dimension except as they affect the spirit of
the suffering individual. Evil does not have to have a moral dimension.
Disease affects creatures of all levels of complexity. There is, of
course, a great deal more that can be said. Check out "natural" and
"evil" in the Oxford English Dictionary's many columns devoted to the
On Sun, 25 Feb 2007 17:36:21 -0500 "Dick Fischer"
Who coined the phrase "natural evil"? Sounds like something Hugh Ross
would cook up. Evil has a spiritual dimension prohibited by the word
"natural." So does that make it a non sequitur or an oxymoron?
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