Evil: A Primer: A History of a Bad Idea from Beelzebub to Bin Laden

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St. Martin's Press, Oct 15, 2004 - Philosophy - 204 pages
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"Today our nation saw evil." - President George W. Bush, September 11th 2001

Evil! Like a zombie back from the grave, it has arisen--a word many of us had long ago relegated to Sunday sermons, video games and horror flicks. But of course, evil is not old fashioned, nor has it ever gone away, and may be as robust as ever.

So what is evil? Does it exist? Veteran journalist Bill Hart tries to drag evil out of the darkness and hold it up to the light. In doing so, he has written a very readable account of 5,000 years of philosophy, theology and human history as it reflects and refines its notion of evil.

More than an explanation of why bad things happen, Evil: A Primer is a tour through the nether regions in search of what we really know.

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Review: Evil: A Primer: A History of a Bad Idea from Beelzebub to Bin Laden

User Review  - Caleb Lagan - Goodreads

meh, some interesting stories but the author is pretty biased Read full review

Review: Evil: A Primer: A History of a Bad Idea from Beelzebub to Bin Laden

User Review  - Goodreads

meh, some interesting stories but the author is pretty biased Read full review

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About the author (2004)

William Hart is a former long-time newspaper reporter and editor who specialized in the coverage of criminal justice and mental health. He currently works as a public policy research analyst at Arizona State University and lives in Phoenix. This is his first book.

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