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September 13, 2011

Moral Monsters

Moral Monsters

That conclusion came from Holocaust historian Christopher Browning. Also, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel once wrote, “Deep is not only an executioner, not only a victim, not only a spectator: he is all three at once.”

Yesterday, I suggested that our gut reactions to 9/11 – that instinctive recoil at evil, and our cry to something higher than us – reveals important truths about our condition. But another truth about us is harder to grasp.

Biola professor Clay Jones calls it a “raw fact about humankind” that we are “ 9/11-enabled human beings.” It’s easy to think of terrorists as “monsters” who were guilty of “inhuman acts.” But the moral evils of history, from Auschwitz to eugenics to abortion to 9/11 to slavery reveal that evil is not inhuman at all – but our common state since Eden.

As we reflect on the anniversary of this great evil, we should look inside.  For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

9/11: Are We All Moral Monsters?
Clay Jones | Biola News | September 02, 2011

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