The Enigma of Evil

Alfred Schütze; Translated by Eva Lauterbach

Out of print

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  • This challenging book identifies two opposing forms of evil
  • Schütze traces the development of these forms of evil through mythology, literature and scientific thought
  • A classic work which explores contemporary struggles

A classic work which identifies two opposing forms of evil.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Religion & Spirituality
96 pages
Publication date:
19 Jan 2012


In our modern world we routinely face the kinds of evil which make wrong-doing of the past seem comparatively harmless. At the same time, it can sometimes be hard to see evil in the midst of apparent striving for good.

In this classic work, Alfred Schütze argues that we can only address these issues by recognising evil in its many guises. In particular, he distinguishes between two opposing forms of evil, whose enigmatic development he traces in mythology, literature and scientific thought.

This is a challenging but rewarding book which gets to the heart of many contemporary struggles and offers approaches which could help.

Table of Contents

The Present Situation
The Growth of Evil
Evil -- the Touchstone for Freedom
The Two Faces of Evil
The Many Aspects of the Fall
The Fall of the Intellect
The Nature of Evil
Ahrimanic Influences and Possession
The Coming of Antichrist


'The reprinting of this book is timely as it has lost none of its relevance.'
-- Camphill Correspondence


Alfred Schütze (1903-1972) was ordained as a Christian Community priest in 1927. He worked in Stettin (now Szczecin in Poland) and then in Frankfurt.


This is another book which also addresses the problem of evil:
Necessary Evil by Hans-Werner Schroeder

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