Can You be Good Without God?

In the spirit of previous musings on this blog about the nature of “goodness,” here’s a video that asks if there could be such things as “good” and “bad” if there were no God: (Also note that all arguments sound more convincing when made by a person with a British accent.)

The Responsibilities of Good Guys

Looking at the news, there seem to be a lot of bad guys running around lately, pretty much doing as they please. Why is that? Aren’t there at least as many good guys as bad? Well, that depends on what you mean by, “good guys.” Good guys aren’t the same as “good people” or “decent … Read more

God’s Character and Moral Law

From the Department of Posts That Affirm Stuff I Wrote Before, J. Warner Wallace writes on how God establishes the difference between right and wrong: From a Christian worldview, God doesn’t simply tell us what is righteous, He is righteous. Goodness and righteousness are attributes of his innate character. While it’s tempting to think there … Read more

Advice from Bill Watterson

Courtesy of Lifehacker, a Bill Watterson-style cartoon based on a graduation speech Watterson gave in 1990. I miss Calvin and Hobbes.

Maurice Cheeks to Coach the Pistons

You may think that we don’t pay much attention to NBA coaching moves around here, and you would be right. However, I always make a point of following the career of Mo Cheeks, who just got hired to coach the Detroit Pistons, because he’s the kind of guy who should always have a job in … Read more

In Spite of Everything, Optimism

We started off the week on kind of a bad note, so let’s try to finish on a good one. Paula Bolyard makes a herculean effort to pull together some things to be optimistic about, and by golly, I want to applaud her for the effort before I stick my head back in the oven. … Read more

Is Patton Oswalt Right?

(Here’s one of those posts where I earn the name of the blog.) In the immediate aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, Patton Oswalt wrote this:  This is a giant planet and we’re lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, … Read more

How Christians Fight Evil

I saw a couple of posts recently on the way that Christians (and/or “good” non-Christians) should fight evil. A good question, because it would seem like Christians should have some kind of Christianity-based scruples that would keep them from doing things that their enemies would do. But do they? RedState diarist Bill S. says this: … Read more