In M. Scott Peck’s seminal work on evil, People of The Lie, The Hope for Healing Human Evil, he scientifically examines the presence of evil within the individual and society. In the book’s introduction, Dr. Peck explains how judgement is a necessary aspect of defining evil people.
“In labeling certain human beings as evil, I am making an obviously severely critical value judgement. My Lord said, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” By this statement–so often quoted out of context–Jesus did not mean we should never judge our neighbor. For he went on to say, “Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:1-5). What he meant was that we should judge others only with great care, and that such carefulness begins with self-judgement.
We cannot begin…
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