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PRINCIPLE OF EVIL

The nonexisting source of all evil postulated by the Manichaeans and others. The immediate basis of this theory was a misconception of God's providence, as though he could not draw good out of evil or was helpless to prevent evil in the world.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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