Those who believe in the goodness of man (secularists) attribute evil behavior to external forces, such as poverty, racism, and inequality if you believe that our nature is basically good than you will be preoccupied with changing environments and peoples circumstances is mankind inherently good or evil – approaching justice. The debate rages on with most people simply weighing man's good against his bad, shrugging their shoulders and concluding that few are truly evil, most are better than worse, and for the most part, we're not all that bad. Man is not basically good, but basically evil romans 3:10-23 10 as it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: 11 there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after god.
Man is good, but it is large-scale society which makes him evil i think very few americans would, if they say a starving african on the street, not give him food people are inclined to help others when the others are close and their suffering evident. Humans were basically good before the fall but at the moment when adam and eve chose to follow their own wisdom instead of god's, they lost fellowship with god and this allowed evil to enter them.
Some prefer to think of man as neutral as not having a natural bend toward good or evil man, according to behaviorist bf skinner, is a creature of circumstance, controlled and molded by external influences. Is man basically good historic baptists believe in the total hereditary depravity of mankind they view man as being basically evil religious liberals do not believe in the total hereditary depravity of mankind they view man as being basically good what does the bible teach concerning these matters the bible speaks very clearly on this issue. But they are quick to say that man is basically good, and things like poverty, ignorance, abuse, etc make him do bad things if this is true, then creating the perfect society will end crime, abuse, etc.
The root issue in the discussion of the nature of man, is whether or not man is basically good or basically bad every non-christian world view believes that man is basically good, and that he can save himself.
You’ll learn the perspectives of tons of philosophers on both sides of the spectrum (some who claim man is basically evil, some who claim man is basically good) if the class is worthwhile, you’ll probably have some good discussions and reach no conclusion. But it’s a slightly different question to consider whether ‘people’ are basically good or evil after all, everyone is different, and there will always be some extremely evil people as well as some extremely good people, plus all the people in between.
Man is basically evil that's why he dies, for sin brings death and by evil, that's not necessarily a heinous act one just has to prevent himself from doing good, or again, maybe the so-called good being done has an ulterior motive of self-glorification or some other type of personal reward.