Eberhard Jüngel on Evil

 It is high time that we expose the common reduction of evil to a mere infringement of the moral law as a trivialization from which evil profits. A gradation of evil, yet to be developed, must certainly proceed from this insight which, to be sure, is given only on the basis of the experience of reconciliation: anything that renders problematic being as a being-together deserves to be called evil. The tendency toward a lack of rationality, beginning in a misuse of the relational richness of life, finds its terrible consummation in death’s perfect lack of relationality.

 – Jüngel, Eberhard. Toward the Heart of the Matter, Christian Century (Series: “How my Mind has Changed”), July 15, 1990. Tr. P. Capetz.

 

 
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2 comments on “Eberhard Jüngel on Evil

  1. Kampen says:

    “anything that renders problematic being as a being-together deserves to be called evil.” I like this formulation. You might also be interested in Jean-Luc Nancy’s work on “being-with.” See his book _Being Singular Plural_. It’s a dense read but the section more overtly on this notion of being-with, being singular plural, you might find interesting if not helpful.

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