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Can We Be Good Without God? (booklet)

By John Blanchard
October 2007 | Review by Bill Dyer

Synopsis

One of the things that distinguishes humankind from every other species on earth is that we have a moral dimension. A moral law seems to be programmed into our psychological software and our awareness of it is triggered by the conscience, a mysterious monitor that pokes its nose into every nook and cranny of our lives. Can we ever find a solid and coherent basis for morality unless our world view has God at the very centre of it?

  • Publisher: Evangelical Press
  • ISBN: 978-0852346518
  • Pages: 40
  • Price: £3.20
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Book Review

How can we bridge the gap and find common ground with unbelievers in order to share the gospel with them? In this clearly-argued 40 page booklet, John Blanchard finds common ground with unbelievers in our shared awareness of right and wrong.
We all have to make choices between right and wrong and we are all aware of conscience guiding and judging those choices – ‘A moral law seems to be programmed into our psychological “software” and our awareness of it is triggered by the conscience’. But are there consistent guidelines for deciding whether something is right or wrong, good or evil?
John Blanchard shows there can be no basis for agreed morality without a transcendent God. He alone is the explanation for our moral sense, since without him we have no infallible way of differentiating between right and wrong.
Once the reader is seriously engaged with the great issue of God and morality, the second part of the booklet moves the reader to the bigger question: ‘Can we be good
enough for God without God?’ The answer is an emphatic ‘no’. Man’s universal sinfulness is explained, along with God’s gracious provision of redemption. The booklet ends with a warm gospel appeal to trust Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
This booklet again demonstrates John Blanchard’s proven ability to engage with thoughtful unbelievers and point them to Christ. Highly recommended.

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