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Evil—natural and moral

In moral theology, there is a distinction between “natural” evil and “moral” evil. The one happens because we live on a planet with tectonic plates and an ocean warmed by the Sun. When cells “forget” to die, they become cancer cells. Plague bacilli live for centuries, waiting for the trigger for another outburst. as do anthrax spores. Mother Nature has a plethora of ways to kill us, besides the obsolescence of aging alone.

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Pierre Whalon

Pierre Whalon

Bishop in charge, Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, 2001–2019. French-American. Musician, composer, author, happily married. www.pierrewhalon.info