Today was interesting in an irritating kind of way. It was one part business meeting, one part sitting in a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam on I-35, and one part contemplating the meaning of goodness and God.
Over on my Facebook wall, there’s a long thread, debating whether goodness comes only from God, in part from God, or never from God. I haven’t even had a chance to read it all, but it looks like a fascinating discussion.
My first thoughts are questions: Does believing in God make one more likely or less likely to do good? Does a secular approach bend one toward goodness or not? Or, is this issue of God a red herring because definitions and views of God, even within one religion like Christianity, vary so widely? If God, or some man-made vision of God, can’t lead us all to goodness, then what can?