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Evil: Jesus Heals the Evil in Human Nature

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evil: jesus heals the evil in human nature

The “problem of evil” is sometimes thought to be a problem for Christians. How can God be fundamentally and thoroughly good when there is evil? However, the category “evil” requires the category “good,” which requires a morally consistent God who anchors those categories. And the expression of “evil” also requires not just a theoretical explanation, but a concrete remedy, related to human nature, since it is human beings who do it. The real question, then, is whether there is a God good and loving enough to heal human beings of our evil, and undo the damage we cause.

Messages and Essays on Human Evil in Comparative Religious Perspective

The Desire for a Happy Ending: Interpreting the Movies, Songs, and Stories Around Us We like happy ending stories because we long for an actual happy ending for the world. This workshop groups all belief systems into not happy ending vs. happy ending stories; and then internal vs. external villains.

The Conflict of Stories: Circular, Christian, Western, Muslim, Secular, Individual This delves into the biblical story as the original happy ending story, and other happy ending stories as parodies that change the plot arc, villain, and hero.  The presentation is accompanied by this chart.

How Does the Christian Faith Compare with Other Belief Systems? 6 Simple Questions Six important questions that sort through various belief systems.

Human Dignity: Does Every Individual Matter? Science, philosophy, existentialism, other religions, and double-predestination based theologies mean that some human beings do not matter. Only a fully Trinitarian theology with a medical substitutionary atonement can provide an adequate foundation.

Why Question Atheism from a Political, Historical, and Moral Perspective? This is a presentation surveying the origins of modern Atheism, as connected to nation-building and Enlightenment political philosophies: racist liberal democracy and Marxist collectivism.

Desires, Beliefs, and How We Know Truth This is a presentation on how desires are a consideration, but not the first, in how we know truth.

Evil and the Christian God and Theology of Atonement This paper explores how the character of God drives the type of story one lives in, and the type of atonement required to be consistent.

Evil and the Christian God This is a shorter version of the paper above.

Jewish and Christian Views of the Messiah

Stories and Spirituality: How the "God" Engages Human Evil (chart)

Stories and Social Consequences: Comparison with Islam and Mohammed (chart)

Stories and Social Consequences: Comparison with Atheism and Hinduism (chart)

Conversation Stations:

What Can We Do About Evil? (and instructions and conversation tree)

What Can We Do About Evil? (brochure version)

Is a Good Friend Hard to Find? (instructions and conversation tree)

Whose Justice? (instructions and talk on Christian Restorative Justice)

Find Your Heart's Desire? (and instructions and theology of desire)

What Story Do You Live In? (and associated message)

Does the Good Outweigh the Bad? (and instructions)

God, Peace, and Violence (and instructions)

Is God a Liberator or an Oppressor?

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