Night University 2019 algemeen

Who is tempting us, God, Satan or we ourselves?

Date: Time: 20:15 Location: DZ-3, Dante building

NIGHT TALK - Satan, temptation, and addiction suggest a rather weak ability to act autonomous. Maybe evil reflects a more genuine existential experience as it is coming from the outside. (language: English)

‘Do not lead us into temptation.’ Don't put us to the test. This well-known phrase from the Lord's prayer expresses two different concepts of evil. ‘Don't lead us into temptation’ implies that things are wrong in themselves. A test may imply a testing of one's abilities, a difficult experience in which you may overcome the trial. Apparently, we are dealing with different concepts of evil here: as a power from the outside robbing us of our ability to make the right choice. Addiction is such a gradual weakening of our ability to choose the right thing.

Still, the freedom to choose does not always imply that we choose the right thing. How is it possible that we should choose the wrong thing if we are convinced that we, as autonomous beings, determine for ourselves what is right and wrong? Satan, temptation, and addiction suggest a far weaker ability to choose the right thing, but may possibly reflect a more genuine existential experience of evil as coming from the outside.

In his lecture, theologian Professor Marcel Poorthuis will talk about the quasi-externality of evil.


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