This stands for Atheism Through Philosophical Ignorance, it is my title for a phenomena, and I would like to highlight it by the following conversation I snipped from an exchange over at Strange Notions.
The first comment is from a character named, kraker jak, the answering comments are from my favorite fighting Thomist, Ye Olde Statistician (also known as science fiction author Michael Flynn. If you are familiar with Aristotelean/Thomistic philosophy, the following exchange is pretty funny!
His first sentence is a quote from someone else:
why there is evil in the world.
Evil is just a word used to describe activities, actions or ideas that people use to describe that which is contrary to their own religious, cultural, ideological, political ,or tribalistic thinking. There is no global understanding or definition of the term or word. I don’t think that there is any such thing as a substance or force of evil per se. be it satanic, spiritual or otherwise.
Then Statistician’s response and the rest of the discussion: