Are Humans Good or Evil by Nature?
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My name is Shelly Johnson, and I am a writer and philosopher with a Ph.D. in philosophy. One of my primary personal and philosophical interests is how we can learn to love ourselves and each other better in order to cultivate personal and political resilience. I teach ethics and a variety of other courses at a local college. I am the author of the blog Love is Stronger. I am also the author of three logic and critical thinking books for high school and middle school: _Argument Builder_, _Discovery of Deduction_ (co-author), and _Everyday Debate_, published by Classical Academic Press. You can reach me at email@example.com. View all posts by shellypruittjohnson
7 thoughts on “Are Humans Good or Evil by Nature?”
I’ve been getting your emails for a while now and I truly enjoy them. They are so well reasoned and always give me something to consider or re-consider.
Thank you did much for writing your blog.
What a kind note. Thank you so much, Patricia, for reading and commenting, and I am so pleased that you enjoy my blog.
I stumbled onto this essay through a site on facebook. I am so glad I did. I am also a teacher and have studied a lot of philosophy from the East and West. Great stuff on Augustine. I will look up that link. Have you ever heard of the Eastern Orthodox teaching on Ancestral sin vs. the West’s notions on original sin?
I recently underwent a spiritually transformative experience that has caused me step back and re evaluate a lot of my prior religious experiences. It has caused me to do a lot of searching in the East and West. It would be fun to talk sometime. I recently started writing for Contemplative light. Writing about some of the things I have been learning and the experiences I have had has been fun.
Anyway, thanks for the thoughtful essay. I will look up the Enchirdion.
Tim, what a lovely comment. Thank you for reading and taking the time to write today. I have indeed heard of this idea from Eastern Orthodoxy. It is beautiful. I am a Quaker Christian, and Quakers teach a lot about the inner light. I think it has a lot in common with some Eastern Orthodox Christian teachings. One of my favorite philosophers is Anne Conway, a Quaker philosopher who influenced Leibniz. You might like checking her out. I hope we get to talk more, and I will check out Contemplative Light. I am so happy to hear about your transformative experience. As you can tell from my post, I have undergone one of these, too, in recent years. It was one of the most powerful experiences of my life. Peace, Friend.