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Old 8th December 2009, 01:02 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Default moral evil versus physical evil

Intrinsically evil acts are always inherently directed at an evil moral object. Evil is a deprivation of good. What makes the moral object evil is some type of deprivation, such as harm or disorder (called physical evil). Whenever an act is inherently directed toward physical evil (as an end), the act is moral evil. This is the second font of morality.

In the first font, to intend harm or disorder (physical evil) as an end is always an immoral intention (moral evil).

In the third font, if the harm or disorder (physical evil) caused by the chosen act outweighs the good done, then the act is morally evil.

{13:10} The love of neighbor does no harm. Therefore, love is the plenitude of the law.
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