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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.

ASK JASON ANYTHING: How can I work effectively with co-workers I don’t trust?

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.

TODAY’S QUESTION:

How can I work effectively with co-workers I don’t trust?

How do I effectively communicate my ideas without the ideas pushed aside? How do I deal with my knowledge being questioned, my directions and suggestions being ignored, and things going on behind my back?

I’m going to dive right in with the blunt response:

You can’t.

If the question had been, “How can I best work with co-workers I don’t trust”, or, “How can I most effectively work with co-workers I don’t trust”, I’d have some wiggle room. I could talk up the potential while downplaying the limitations, but the question was:

“How do I work effectively with co-workers I don’t trust?”

And the short answer is you can’t. Read More →