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How to Revive the Notion of Good and Evil

The notion of good and evil can be revived in various ways, including:

  • Avoiding all formulations that smack of secularist or inter-denominational morality, because secularism and inter-denominationalism logically lead to amorality.

  • Opportunely pointing out that God has the right to be obeyed and that, therefore, His Commandments are true laws, which we ought to observe in the spirit of obedience and not simply because they please us.

  • Emphasizing that the law of God is intrinsically good and according to the order of the universe, in which the perfection of the Creator is mirrored. For this reason, it should not only be obeyed, but loved; and evil should not only be shunned, but hated.

  • Spreading the notion of a reward and of a chastisement after death.

  • Favouring social customs and laws in which uprightness is honoured and wickedness suffers public sanctions.

  • Favouring customs and laws meant to prevent proximate occasions of sin and even those conditions that, having the mere appearance of evil, may be harmful to public morality.

  • Insisting on the effects of Original Sin in man, his frailty, the fruitfulness of the Redemption by Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the need for grace, prayer, and vigilance in order for man to persevere.

  • Making use of every opportunity to indicate the mission of the Church as the teacher of virtue, the fountain of grace, and the irreconcilable enemy of error and sin.

– By Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

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