FACING EVIL: Confronting the Dreadful Power behind Genocide, Terrorism, and Cruelty, Edited by Paul Woodruff and Harry A. Wilmer. Chicago: Open Court Publishing Co. 1988. Pp. 297 (BJ1401.F36).
Dr. Paul Woodruff is Prof. of Philosophy, University of Texas. Dr. Harry Wilmer, president and founder of the Institute for the Humanities at Salado, is author of PRACTICAL JUNG. Joining them are nearly twenty contributors to this volume, including Rollo May and M. Scott Peck. Recent literature on evil is addressed in an annotated bibliography (pp. 275-283).
The editors state: "Who could reasonably hope to escape the battle between good and evil? We will always be part of it. (p. xvii)." The grim reality of evil cannot be wished away. It baffles the halls of Congress and parliaments of civilized nations. The World Trade Center and the Holocaust are half a century apart, but the willful perpetration of mass murder in each tragedy, still haunts us.
The contributors to FACING EVIL offer insight into why evil exists, and how to survive and transcend evil; but, how to eradicate evil is still unresolved. This book can be helpful in many ways. It includes wisdom from the ancient Greeks, St. Augustine and C.J. Jung. It is also a good title to browse before the Trinity Institute's 35th National Conference Webcast at St. Philip's, May 2-4. The Institute theme is "Naming Evil."