One thing that has concerned me in the wake of Newtown’s recent tragedy: the utter absence of the word “evil.”
On the left, we’re blaming guns.
On the right, we’re blaming the lack of prayer in schools (or something).
All around, we’re sort of vaguely blaming mental illness (which, incidentally, is still unconfirmed in this case).
I haven’t heard anyone blaming evil–at least, not in so many words.
It appears that we are now completely uncomfortable as a nation wrestling with the concept of human depravity and all its unpalatable implications.
For more–if you’re willing–try out CS Lewis on human nature, law, and punishment.
It is excellently reasoned and insightfully composed.
Also, I think he’s quite right.