Deliver us from evil.

John Ward in his always lively, informative and entertaining blog, The Slog,  last evening stated “that he did not believe in the concept of evil”.

I was born during World War Two and my own views on the existence of evil have fluctuated with the passing years. When very young and a regular church attender I had no doubts whatsoever about the existence of evil, the recent demise of Adolf Hitler being sufficient evidence proffered by all adults that I knew, as proof positive of that very fact.

During my middle years a belief that perfect good could exist eluded me and consequently the possibility of complete evil necessarily was similarly dismissed.

In my present twilight years, observing the deliberate destruction of nearly all the democracies of Europe and the trashing of all the virtues of society together with the decencies of public life, I am increasingly of the view that the concept of what I understood as evil in my youth is today very much at work.

Consider what the EU has wrought and the wealth, power and influence gathered by the perpetrators!

Consider also a senior UK Civil Servant, arranging some comfortable position for his retirement and performing some undetectable  favour for the eventual provider of that stipend. Is that just corrupt or is there an element of evil in its very nature. Look at any dictionary definition of evil and you will immediately recognise that it is!

Here is one:




morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked: evil deeds; an evil life.


harmful; injurious: evil laws.


characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate; disastrous: to be fallen on evil days.


due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character: an evil reputation.


marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.

How is it possible to say that you do not believe in that? Of course one cannot.

People such as Mr Ward, therefore must ascribe some deeper ingrained wickedness which is divorced and separate from ordinary very bad behaviour to what is represented in their minds by evil. I will request his comment.

In view of what is underway within the EU at present AND what is ongoing within the Westminster bubble, we need to re-address what we mean by evil, it is a good word to describe present events, which once rejected can only be best substituted by scores of others.


2 comments for “Deliver us from evil.

  1. January 6, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Good post. There certainly is evil in the world. Even Ayn Rand (see my post prior to yours) who was an atheist believed that evil exists and gives examples which tie in with definitions 2 and 3.

  2. Able
    January 6, 2012 at 10:36 am

    It’s semantics, nothing more. Everyone, and I dare suggest even Mr ward, believes that people commit bad acts for their own nefarious reasons (be it for self-aggrandisement, power, money, or just the thrills). So will they then describe these people as ‘good’? No, they excuse them with psycho-babble about sociopathy, narcissism, poor upbringing, societal pressure, genetics etc. The fact remains that in acting in the way they do, deliberately and intentionally against the accepted morality of the society they are part of, they are acting in an ‘evil’ manner. The opposite of good is not misunderstood or needy, it is evil.

    To confuse the issue and deny some abstract independent entity and say that doesn’t exist, I daresay I would probably agree. That people do not act in an ‘evil’ manner is based on their conscience, their moral upbringing and their belief in either a reward or punishment (real or faith based). So whilst I disagree with Mr Wards statement that there is no such thing as evil, I agree with his suggestion that the way to reduce it is to enforce (without fear or favor) the morals of society across ALL areas (not just those areas not currently politically en vogue). To use your examples, would those grasping EU bureaucrats act as they do if they faced the real prospect of punishment? (naive of me to suggest such a possibility I know).

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