Once a month I go to the state pen to teach an apologetics class. Most of the prisoners here in South Carolina (like most of the population) are not Catholic, and some of the more extreme Protestants like picking theological fights with the minority Catholics. So the guys all have a copy of my book More Christianity and we discuss it chapter by chapter.
I’m getting to know the guys and I like them a lot. There’s not much room for guile and image games in prison. You pretty much take it as it comes. What you see is what you get. I don’t think I’m being naive about this. The fellows inside are criminals, but who isn’t? They’re just the ones who broke the law.
From my experience doing prison work and dealing with people I’m convinced that we’re all criminals in one way or another, and when I talk to people with addiction problems it seems to me that we’re all addicts too. It’s just that some people have socially acceptable addictions, and some people commit terrible crimes that they can’t be locked up for.
Let me give some examples. These stories are all more or less true. To protect the people involved I’ve changed details and conflated stories, but the essence of the stories are true. Judge for yourselves who the real criminals are: [Read More]