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1. The problem. Evil counts as one of the most distressing questions in theology. It cannot be thought of in itself; it is evil solely as opposed to the good. Being holy, God is also good, and is so of himself, not through participation in a good outside or prior to himself or greater than he. He is the principle and pure source of good, good absolutely as such. Consequently it is impossible for him to be the author of evil; he cannot will evil, and no shadow of evil falls on him. But in that case…

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Klaus Hemmerle, “Evil”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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