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What Do We Do with Evil? by Richard Rohr

What Do We Do With Evil? by Richard Rohr

In this small, masterfully crafted book, Richard Rohr writes that “evil is subtle and the evils that are killing us all are usually well-disguised.” He sets the tone with these words by the mystic Julian of Norwich: “First we must fall, and then we recover from that fall — and both are the mercy of God.” Rohr then skillfully distills a half-century of his preaching and teaching on corporate evil, sin, forgiveness, and love.

Addressing the three traditional sources of evil, Rohr describes how Christianity has focused almost exclusively on the individual, “flesh” level while “the world and the devil basically got off scot-free for most of Christian history.” Challenging readers to look beyond personal moral failure, Rohr draws extensively on the teachings of Jesus and Paul to “increase personal responsibility and human solidarity.”

What Do We Do with Evil? invites us to encounter evil with a contemplative, nondual mind and to reflect on how we too are complicit in the social evils pervading our lives. He presents no easy solutions but leaves readers with principles and a process for resisting evil with patience and love.

Soft cover, 104 pages
CAC Publishing, 2019
CAC link to purchase book; $10.00

What Do We Do with Evil? Center for Action and Contemplation Weekly Devotional Summary

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Oct. 25th

Chap 1. The world, the flesh, and the devil

Chap 2. Paul’s spiritual genius

The Nature of Evil

The Negative Matrix

Nov. 1st

Chap 3. We are all profiting from and complicit in evil

Chap 4. The hiding places of deadness

The Agreed-upon Delusion

Nov. 8th

Chap 5. A way out and through

Chap 6. The spiral of violence

The Spirits of the Air

Nov. 15th

Chap 7. Jesus’ critique of the sin system

Chap 8. How to survive and even thrive

Chap 9. Love and forgiveness

Jesus’ Social Program

Nov. 22nd

Chap 10. The Pauline dialectic

Chap 11. Holding the tensions

In Summary

Corporate Evil and Corporate Good