The Good, the Bad, and Wishful Thinking

From Jane Haddam’s Living Witness (2009), crime fiction set in small town America about tensions between secular humanism and simple-minded Christianity, small town prejudices and newcomer arrogance, the pride of ignorance and the benefit of a liberal education, and the science of evolution and the morality of ‘Intelligent Design’:

“‘The world is never what we expect it to be when we’re children, ‘ Gregor said. ‘That’s the nature of childhood.'”

“‘Maybe. But it seems to me that things ought to be arranged better than they are. It seems to me that it should be easier to tell the good guys from the bad guys.’

“‘I think that’s a very dangerous opinion for anybody in law enforcement to have.'”

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