The Cunning of Geist

057 - Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People, & Vice-Versa? - Hegel's Theodicy

July 24, 2022 Gregory Novak
The Cunning of Geist
057 - Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People, & Vice-Versa? - Hegel's Theodicy
Show Notes

"Good and evil" is a core philosophic and religious issue.  Perhaps the most important issue.  Where did this concept originate?  Why do we often see God, or Karma, as seeking  retribution and causing our misfortunes?

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is one of the oldest, if not the oldest myth out there to explain what is going on.  And there are two different takes on this.  Traditional religion says, in the Old Testament, that our eating of the forbidden fruit is the cause of our separation from God; and if one believes in the New Testament, Jesus was the reconciliation and now we were forgiven. 

But Hegel has a different interpretation.  This episode explores.