Sam Redman's Musings

Random thoughts on a variety of subjects

Understanding Evil

Studies from the book, “People of the Lie,” by M. Scott Peck

You can click on the link on the top right of this page to see this essay (or click here).

To better understand evil, it is worthwhile to consider the conclusions of scholars, such as M. Scott Peck, Erich Fromm, Martin Buber and others who devoted a good part of their lives to the study of the nature of the workings of the minds of evil people. Although many thinkers, ethicists, theologians and behavioral scientists have written
volumes on the subject and many of those have influenced my thinking, I gained my clearest perspective after reading Peck’s book, “People of the Lie.” M. Scott Peck was the noted psychiatrist, who also wrote “The Road Less Traveled,” one of the best selling books of all time. Therefore, many of the observations and conclusions which in the essay are taken either directly from his writings or are paraphrasings (so much so that this would really be considered a book review rather than an original discussion). For me to claim (or allude to) them as my own would be plagiarism and therefore I give full attribution to Dr. Peck for the excellent work he did in his analysis of the nature of evil. Click the link on the right at the top of this page or you can read it here.

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