You see, Hell was destroyed in a fire and the Chapman Brothers decided to rebuild the place – bigger and more evil, and now retitled Fucking Hell.
But my real reason for relaying Palmås’ post is his considerations on “evil” and how to deal with the historical figure Adolf Hitler. My impression is that Anglo-Saxons on both sides of the Atlantic have a tendency to explain wars, genocide and other nasty phenomena as caused by Evil with a capital E – metaphysics entering the physical world. (See also Bush 43’s infamous and empirically incorrect “Axis of Evil”)
The problem is that when you declare something to be Evil (as opposed to morally wrong), it becomes so much easier not to question the role of individuals, organisations and social institutions. If, on the other side, Hitler was an ordinary, but deeply disturbed human, the problem is not “Why are the Germans Evil?” (look no further than to football commentary to see this image of metaphysical German Evilness – and then we haven’t even touched upon the sorry subject of British tabloid media), but “Which combination of individual actions, organisation and social institutions allowed a person like Hitler to become the political leader of Germany?”.
I consider the second question (and the possible answers) more unsettling than the first, by the way. But then again, I’m a social scientist, not a theologian.