Lesson 1 (from Part I, Essays 1 - 5, Evil and God, Miracles, Dogma and the Universe, Answers to Questions on Christianity, Myth Became Fact)
Part I, Essays 1 - 5, Evil and God, Miracles, Dogma and the Universe, Answers to Questions on Christianity, Myth Became Fact
Dualism in theology is the idea that good and evil, and in Christianity, God and Satan, are inextricably bound together as diametrically opposed forces. They define each other and each could not exist without the other. This dualism has been used as an easy explanation for many theological issues, but Lewis rejects it entirely. This lesson is about dualism. Students should understand this concept, why it is invoked, and the reasons Lewis gives for rejecting it.
1) Class Discussion: What is good? What is evil? How are they related to each other? How does dualism suggest they are related? In this respect, is evil necessary? By defining and creating good, can evil itself be considered a positive force? If more evil were present in the world...
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