Category Archives: Entertaining Ethics

Ethics: Would you kill to save your daughter?

Every Monday, I explore a different ethical dilemma. Today, I ask how far you would go to save your child from harm.

Are morals universal or situational? Do you believe it is wrong to kill, always, without any possible justification?

Or do you feel that desperate times call for desperate measures, and some situations require you to do whatever it takes?

Just how far would you go to defend your wife or daughter from an assailant?

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Ethics: What’s so wrong with death again?

Every Monday, I explore a different ethical dilemma. Today, I ask why death is considered “bad” under certain faiths.

If you watch crime dramas, its a given that murder is about the most heinous crime one could commit. Similarly, killing of any measure is portrayed as atrocious in many worldviews, both religious and political.

But does the worldview match what the religion it claims to follow actually believes? Do people understand that their stated beliefs and their visceral reactions are at odds?

And most importantly: Is death really such a bad thing?

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Ethics: Should faith be used in advertising?

Every Monday, I explore a different ethical dilemma. Today, I examine whether aspects of faith should be included in advertising.

A friend on his commute spied a cleaning service van. The twist? Their services were faith-oriented, and they weren’t shy about advertising their work on God’s behalf. (Or perhaps God’s admiration of their labor.)

Is this sort of marketing ethical? Does it boast refreshing honesty? Or does it pander to please, thereby generating additional revenue?

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Ethics: Should God get the credit?

Every Monday, I explore a different ethical dilemma. Today, I examine whether we should give God credit when good things happen.

“Thank God” is a phrase that’s thrown around so often it’s become worthless. We use it for the most trivial proclamations.

“Thank God” it stopped raining. “Thank God” it’s Friday. And the most ironic: “Thank God I’m an atheist.”

Is God really responsible for everything we attribute Him? And if He’s not…does He want the credit?

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When should you give God credit? Should Faith be in advertising?

I’m excited to announce some tough topics in coming editions of Ethics.

The Chilean miner rescue has prompted numerous “Thank God”s to be proffered. Does crediting God minimize human effort? Do we credit God for results we dislike? More importantly, does God want the credit?

These questions will be addressed in Monday’s issue of Entertaining Ethics.

A cleaning-service van with a Christian banner prompted a disturbed reader to ask:

Should faith be used in advertising?

That’s a tough question. An active faith should be part of anything you undertake. But does it cheapen the message itself? Does it exploit faith in pursuit of the almighty dollar?

These questions will be answered in the October 25th edition of Entertaining Ethics.

Tomorrow’s edition of Research Required will explore how to get into the mind of a soldier, as well as building a world in which the murder of an infant would not immediately be viewed as a war crime (which it is in the real world).

Ethical dilemma is a superb way to explore tension in fiction. But these are important questions to answer in reality too.

Blog Restructuring: You’re going to like it.

Devoted readers, I submit to you that my various ramblings, while entertaining, may appear random and unfocused. For this reason, I am implementing blog patch

In this edition of the website, my commitment to you is to post three times per week; specifically, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Read More →

ASK JASON ANYTHING: How do I get a copy of your book?

It’s a writer’s job to know a little bit about everything, and to thoroughly research anything he doesn’t know. ASK JASON ANYTHING is your opportunity to challenge Jason with a question of any kind, whether it’s scientific or religious, financial or social, political, historical. It can be something you already know, or something you’re genuinely curious to learn. You can ask trivia or knowledge or advice, and every Thursday, Jason will do his best to answer. (Read more

Today’s question is cheating, since it’s one I already know the answer to. (It’s also on the wrong day.) But it is based on a real event: yesterday as I attempted to pound a Starcraft II opponent into oblivion, I received this surprising query:

How do I get a copy of your book?


Well, okay, if you insist.

For those who might follow me on RSS/Facebook/Twitter/Telepathic Emanations/Bridge Graffiti, I guess I should tell you.

There is a page on my website where you can request any manuscript I have written. You can find it here. Several short stories are included, as well as Fragile Gods. Just pick the title that interests you and submit.

Now, regarding Fragile Gods, I must again offer disclaimers: I do not think this work is up to publication standards, though I do think it is an interesting and engaging read, and I value feedback to improve it. For this reason, I am certainly not pushing it on people (‘hey, plz read my book kk”), but for the genuinely curious, it is freely available. I hope you enjoy.