I have asked sooo many questions on this website, but it’s just so helpful that I can’t stop looking for more collaborative conversations! I am figuring out the difference between good and evil, and I am gaining more and more clarity about the matter. One of the big Christian views of evil is is that God did NOT create evil. To be put as plainly as possible, evil is anything outside of God (since he’s perfect).
As I have continued my research, I have found a common consensus by multiple philosophers and writers that evil is entirely contingent on goodness. You cannot have evil without goodness being there first. For example, you can’t murder someone (bad) without first being a life (good). Or adultery (evil) cannot be committed without first sex existing (good). I like this argument, and it does seem to make sense, but here’s my question, can it work backwards? If that’s the case, then we are in a very bad situation because then goodness would be contingent on knowing what evil is!
So, all in all my question is, are we able to have good and righteous things defined completely independently from a comparison view point to evil things?