do we need god to be good?

April 30, 2008 § 12 Comments

The editors of Parabola thought it could be fruitful to use this space to chronicle and explore how the themes of this magazine resonate in contemporary life. For many months, we wondered how should we start the proverbial ball rolling, the wheel turning. And it came to pass that we decided to begin at the beginningless beginning, with God.

The Germanic root of the word “God” and the word “good” are the same, and this root connection exists in other languages as well. Human beings have worshipped gods as long as they have used language. I wonder if God and goodness are inextricably connected?

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