DEVRY ETHC 445 Week 2 DQ 2 The Struggle of
Good vs Evil
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ETHC 445 Week 2 DQ 2 The Struggle of Good vs Evil
Personal struggles with one's own tendencies, desires, lusts, and self-interest have
placed people in conflict with other people and their own communities farther back
than any of us can read. We read about the struggles of others in history -- what
about ourselves? Yes, us! What about our experiences of being ourselves?
When we look back in history, we find people who are not so different from us -struggling with their human nature -- and trying to live ethical lives in whatever way
they can do so. They aspire to live ethical lifes and find themselves failing again and
St. Augustine in the 5th Century held that although we feel free to make choices in
life, our true nature as human beings includes a persistent disregard for what is
good. On this view, we are sinners whose only hope for redemption lies in the
gracious love of a merciful deity. Whatever I do on my own, Augustine would argue,
is bound to be wrong; whatever I do right, must be performed by God through me.
St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th Century brought Aristotle’s theories back into
“vogue,” soon after St. Augustine’s death (if 800 years is soon, that is.) He allowed
humanity to have a bit of secularity along with faith, and his ethics allows for a
Natural Law which can be found in the heart of man. Please be sure to listen to our
Saints' Debate on the lecture tab before working in this thread.
So, here we are in the 21st Century with all the sophistication and technology of the
age. Does this account of human nature fit well with your own experience of human
action? That is, do you observe (in yourself and others) an inclination toward evil
instead of toward good? Bring in...