Is Evil Transcendent of Culture?

Throughout the world, the idea of evil exists, and some acts are generally considered as evil such as murder and rape. The question however is that does our culture and society modify our view of evil.  For example, rape, the world over is a crime that is considered so evil that in some cultures, rape is punishable by death. Rape is an evil act and one can see that the idea that it is evil is not different from society to society or culture to culture.  On the other hand,  the idea of genocide and murder being evil is modified by our culture and society. An example would be the Holocaust.  The rest of the world was appalled at the evil actions that occurred, but the Nazi Germans killed 11 million people because they were conditioned by their society made of propaganda and slander. Another example would be the Rwandan Genocide, where Hutu’s killed 500,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsi’s. It should be noted that those who carried out these genocides did not think of what they were doing as evil. That in particular is what is so troubling. Certain acts can be committed by one population and not be a problem but are considered evil by all others. Evil in some forms can be modified by Society or Culture. File:Ntrama Church Altar.jpg

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  1. Is evil contextual? One man’s evil is another one’s good? Can evil be absolutely defined? Look at the Eagleton book I lent to you…see what he says (he spends a great deal of time on the Holocaust)
    This post offers some reflective thinking; attempts to synthesize information and form new meaning;
    written in a somewhat interesting style and voice; words chosen mostly reflect author’s personality and brings content to life for the most part; sentence fluency is mostly achieved
    few spelling errors; few grammar errors; multimedia adds new information or perspective to post; several links included that add to the reader’s understanding post; may be categorized or tagged
    most information sources are cited accurately; uses proper citations for most images.
    Could be more than what is presented!!!

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