February 03, 2009

Original-Sin Watch

Chesterton once remarked that original sin is "the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved."

But isn't it amazing how we deceive ourselves? Two stories in The Oklahoman last week caught my eye.

A serial rapist who was sentenced to 1,015 years in prison (it probably didn't help when he told the judge, "I don't have any remorse") averred in a taped confession: "I'm not a bad person."

And former state Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahan, who got eight years in the pokey for taking bribes, insisted in court papers that he "remains, at his core, a decent individual."