Good News, Everyone! Evil No Longer Exists!

… At least according to a small group of neurologists looking at malformations of the brain.

Yesterday Tony Jones posted an article that was written by Ron Rosenbaum for Slate magazine on just this topic. I’m not going to summarize the full article, but you can find here. And is certainly worth the read.

Here is a quote really stuck out to me as I was reading.

Of course, people still commit innumerable bad actions, but the idea that people make conscious decisions to hurt or harm is no longer sustainable, say the new brain scientists. For one thing, there is no such thing as “free will” with which to decide to commit evil. (Like evil, free will is an antiquated concept for most.) Autonomous, conscious decision-making itself may well be an illusion. And thus intentional evil is impossible.

If the information in this article becomes widely accepted, it would be really interesting to see how people in the church would react. If eliminating evil is some sort of goal of the eschaton, does a change in semantics do anything to aid in that goal?

What do you think? Can evil be explained away through brain science? What does this do to the cosmic battle that so many preachers bring up time and time again? I’m excited to see how this furthers our understanding and conversation.


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