Re: [asa] Asteroid Apophis

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Sun Feb 25 2007 - 18:55:55 EST

On Feb 25, 2007, at 3:36 PM, Dick Fischer wrote:

> 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?
The term goes back at least to the Enlightenment as the result of the
1755 Lisbon Earthquake. In Chapter XX of Candide, Voltaire addressed
this issue, challenging Leibnitz' theodicy that this was the "best of
all possible worlds".

> “And pray,” said he to Martin, “what is your opinion of the whole
> of this system? what notion have you of moral and natural evil?”

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