RE: [asa] Asteroid Apophis

From: Dick Fischer <>
Date: Mon Feb 26 2007 - 11:10:35 EST

Thanks Rich. Whereupon Martin could have replied, "There is no "natural
evil," only natural calamities resulting in dire consequences." And
that would have ended it.


Dick Fischer

Dick Fischer, Genesis Proclaimed Association

Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History



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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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