Tuesday, December 18, 2012


     Much like characters in the Harry Potter books who are so terrified of the arch-villain Voldemort that they can't even speak his name and instead reference him only in whispers as "He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named," most Christian writers that I've been able to find in the blogosphere mirror the secular media in their complete avoidance of the word "evil" when writing about the Newtown massacre.  References to a supposedly miraculous political solution--gun control--are ubiquitous, along with the nearly universal assumption that mental illness was a dominant factor. How disappointing!
     Typically, everything with an Episcopalian label offers knee-jerk political action committee speeches, while the Orthodox seem to remain generally aloof. [Update: I did find one very good article from the Episcopal/Anglican world: John Richardson's "Confusion and Misplaced Blame Regarding Connecticut"]
     Meanwhile, information from a retired FBI-profiler at the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit, Mary Ellen O'Toole, completely debunks the theory that the killer "just snapped;" in fact, he actually had "a high measure of control."  From hoarding ammunition to preloading the ammunition clips to sabotaging his computers to choosing victims least able to resist, his actions demonstrate that he was on a mission: "He wanted to accomplish maximum lethality."
      "It's time we stop putting out the mental health issue as an excuse that he didn't know what he was doing," she said.  See that article here.
     So which Christian sites have I found willing to name Voldemort?  Father Dwight Longenecker got off to a good start with "Where Was God at Sandy Hook?" , but he immediately dropped the subject and returned to safer scholastic subjects. Michael Brown's compelling article, "The Newton Massacre and the Pain of God" bravely addresses evil.  I  most highly recommend Greg Boyd's "When Free Will Meets Unfathomable Evil."  I don't agree with everything Dr. Boyd says or writes, but no one else faces the terror of our predicament in this fallen world with such honesty. 

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