Do you believe in the devil? Justice Scalia does, and suggests 'out-of-touch' media should - New York News

Do you believe in the devil? Justice Scalia does, and suggests 'out-of-touch' media should

Updated:

By: Matthew Brown, Deseret News

Do you believe in the devil? U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia does - and he was offended when a New York magazine interviewer expressed surprise and questioned him about it.

"You're looking at me as though I'm weird," the justice told Jennifer Senior. "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."

Polling data prove Scalia partly right. A Washington Examiner story last month cited a YouGov survey finding that "57 percent (of Americans) believe the devil lurks; 72 percent for African Americans and 61 percent for women. Republicans said the devil exists more than Democrats, 65 percent to 55 percent."

But a Barna survey in 2009 found most American Christians do not believe that Satan exists. And LifeWay Research found in 2010 that 4 in 10 millennials believe Satan is just a symbol and not real.

Could this prank in a New York coffee shop offer proof that deep down people sense an evil force? The video reportedly went viral - but most likely not because it confirmed the devil is real.

Scalia says he and every other Catholic believes Satan is real. He cited the Bible and author C.S. Lewis as sources for that belief, but he also noted that the devil is "wilier" and more subtle in his influence today than in the past.

"What he's doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He's much more successful that way," Scalia said.

The Huffington Post said Senior should have asked how that belief influences Scalia as a judge.

Christianity Today reported that Scalia once asked a lawyer what he thought of Satan during a hearing before the high court in 2011.


Original Post

Copyright 2013 Deseret Digital Media, Inc.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Baby found in teen's shopping bag called homicide

    Baby found in teen's shopping bag called homicide

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:07:27 GMT
    The New York City medical examiner has ruled that the death of a baby found in a teenager's shopping bag was a homicide.
    The New York City medical examiner has ruled that the death of a baby found in a teenager's shopping bag was a homicide.
  • Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office

    Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:36 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:36:50 GMT
    Chelsea Clinton says she might run for office someday - if she becomes dissatisfied with the job her elected representatives are doing.
    Chelsea Clinton says she might run for office someday - if she becomes dissatisfied with the job her elected representatives are doing.
  • NJ mom charged with trying to kill her 3 teens

    NJ mom charged with trying to kill her 3 children

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:25 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:25:35 GMT
    A southern New Jersey woman is in custody on charges she tried to kill her three children by driving her car into the Delaware River.
    A southern New Jersey woman is in custody on charges she tried to kill her three children by driving her car into the Delaware River.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices