Let’s talk about evil

Mark Russ reflects on the nature of evil and sin

'Evil could be thought of as a hole in a sock...' | Photo: Captain F Hurley / flickr CC.

In general I find Quakers reluctant to talk about evil. Can we use the words ‘evil’ and ‘sin’ in a way that is helpful and life affirming? The writers of Twelve Quakers and Evil show a strong desire to understand evil and see the good in the perpetrator, but I also detect an unwillingness to condemn evil, and a reluctance to see God as one who judges and rejects evil.

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