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GLMX #221: God, the Nature of Evil, and Stephen King

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This month, bestselling horror writer, Stephen King, is releasing a new book titled Revival. The story is about a minister who turns against God after his family suffers a terrible tragedy. King sat down with Rolling Stone magazine to talk about his book, his religious beliefs, and his understanding of the nature of evil.
While he grew up in a Methodist church, he said that he always had his doubts about organized religion, and turned away from it after high school. However, the author who has published 55 novels and sold over 350 million books says he still chooses to believe in God "because it makes things better. You have a meditation point, a source of strength." He added, "I choose to believe that God exists, and therefore I can say, 'God, I can't do this by myself. Help me not to take a drink today. Help me not to take a drug today.' And that works fine for me."

While many of his stories explore the dark side of human nature, King said he still is not sure about the nature of evil. He told the magazine he does believe that evil is real, however, he said has "gone back and forth about whether or not there's an outside evil, whether or not there's a force in the world that really wants to destroy us, from the inside out, individually and collectively. Or whether it all comes from inside and that it's all part of genetics and environment." He went on to say, "Evil is inside us. The older I get, the less I think there's some sort of outside devilish influence; it comes from people. And unless we're able to address that issue, sooner or later, we'll kill ourselves."