Preaching Connection: Goodness

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Mere Christianity, in The Complete C. S. Lewis Signature Classics

Lewis explains the Augustinian claim that goodness is original, but badness only spoiled goodness.  “In reality we have no experience of anyone liking badness just because it is bad.  The nearest we get to it is in cruelty.    But in real life people are cruel for one of two reasons—either because they are sadists, that...

The Chronicles of Narnia: Book 2: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

“‘If there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly. ‘Then he isn’t safe?’ said Lucy. ‘Safe?’ said Mr. Beaver. . . .’Course he isn’t safe.  But he’s good.  He’s the king, I tell you.’”

Calvinism: Six Stone Foundation Lectures

Abraham Kuyper told a story at Princeton Theological Seminary when he gave his Stone Lectures there in 1898.  A sixteenth-century plague had ruined the Italian city of Milan, and Cardinal Borromeo had bravely stayed to feed and to pray for those who were dying.  Kuyper admired Cardinal Borromeo’s piety, but he admired John Calvin’s even...

Ty Cobb

Baseball historians agree that Cobb—bigot, showoff, irritable man—“was a perfect illustration of the proposition that goodness and greatness are separable—some would say incompatible—qualities.”