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Whenever you find a man who says he doesn't believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later.

    Topics: Good and Evil
    Source: The Case for Christianity

Badness is only spoiled goodness.

    Topics: Good and Evil
    Source: The Case for Christianity

Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it.

    Topics: Good and Evil, Holiness
    Source: The Case for Christianity

Without sin, the universe is a Solemn Game: and there is no good game without rules.

    Topics: Good and Evil
    Source: A Preface to Paradise Lost

Those that hate goodness are sometimes nearer than those that know nothing at all about it and think they have it already.

    Topics: Good and Evil, Ignorance, Hatred

Do not let us mistake necessary evils for good.

    Topics: Good and Evil

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.

    Topics: Good and Evil

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey 'people.' People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war. Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest.

    Topics: Good and Evil

If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.

    Topics: Good and Evil, Freedom, Joy

You cannot make men good by law.

    Topics: Good and Evil, Men

When a man is getting better he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him. When a man is getting worse he understands his own badness less and less.

    Topics: Good and Evil

Evil is a parasite, not an original thing.

    Topics: Good and Evil

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