Like everyone else, I was delighted to hear the news that US forces had found and killed Osama Bin Laden. In the days since the announcement, I’ve also been thinking about how his death illustrates the psychological difficulty of Christianity.
The Christian tradition, to which I try to adhere, famously and unnaturally commands that we love our enemies. It categorically forbids revenge. Christians are not supposed to will the suffering of someone they hate—even if he has given them very