The Devil and Scalia

I’ve recently begun to contribute to the Alabama news, politics, and culture site Yellowhammer. Here’s a taster of my article about Chief Justice Scalia’s belief in the Devil.


It comes as no surprise to any socially aware American that the gap between the religious and non-religious is widening.
The growing gap between the two was on full display in an interview with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia posted in New York Magazine last week.
At one point the conversation took a surprisingly theological turn and Scalia confessed his belief in Heaven, Hell, and the Devil to his suddenly flabbergasted interviewer, Jennifer Senior.
In defense of his view, Scalia told Senior that it’s the wily nature of the Devil to get people to not believe in him anymore. “He’s much more successful that way,” Scalia said.
Clearly, this portion of the conversation was not what the interviewer expected, nor what she was comfortable with. She asked, “Isn’t it terribly frightening to believe in the Devil?” Scalia’s answer is truly fascinating:
You’re looking at me as though I’m weird. My God! Are you so out of touch with most of America, most of which believes in the Devil? I mean, Jesus Christ believed in the Devil! It’s in the Gospels! You travel in circles that are so, so removed from mainstream America that you are appalled that anybody would believe in the Devil! Most of mankind has believed in the Devil, for all of history. Many more intelligent people than you or me have believed in the Devil.
Scalia’s answer is deafening….

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