That conclusion came from Holocaust historian Christopher Browning. Also, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel once wrote, “Deep down...man 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 thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.