In the this month's Atlantic Monthly, an insightful article about the transition of the Papacy. In describing Ratzinger's most admired book, the writer says "Belief in our time, [...] is formed in the crucible of unbelief, and unbelief is formed in defiance of the yearning to believe. The unbeliever is the believer's secret sharer, and vice versa"
Lately my thinking has been drifting in the Manichaean
direction. Can one discern Good without the contrast of Evil in the world? Is Evil necessary? (No pun intended)
This will be explored further in the follow up to my Foxes and Hedgehogs