Americans of all political and religious stripes agree the attacks of September 11, 2001 were acts of evil. But many of us disagree about what the word “evil” represents. Is it purely a religious classification, or can it also be used in a secular society? Jennifer Geddes (University of Virginia) worries the term can be misused. Roger Thompson (Virginia Military Institute) says fiction is the best place to explore the questions of evil.

Also featured: The late Flip Wilson used to make us laugh when his Geraldine character uttered the phrase “the Devil made me do it!” Rose Mary Sheldon (Virginia Military Institute) explains that the figure of the devil derives from the early days of Christianity.

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