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Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity Paul J. Griffiths

Lying: An Augustinian Theology of Duplicity

Paul J. Griffiths

Published April 1st 2010
ISBN : 9781608994915
Paperback
254 pages
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Most people would agree that compulsive lying is a sickness. In his provocative Lying, Paul Griffiths suggests that consistent truth telling might evoke a similar response. After all, isnt unremitting honesty often associated with stupidity,MoreMost people would agree that compulsive lying is a sickness. In his provocative Lying, Paul Griffiths suggests that consistent truth telling might evoke a similar response. After all, isnt unremitting honesty often associated with stupidity, insanity, and fanatical sainthood? Drawing from Augustines writings, and contrasting them with the work of other Christian and non-Christian thinkers, Griffiths deals with the two great questions concerning lying: What is it to lie? When, if ever, should or may a lie be told? Examining Augustines answers to these questions, Griffiths grapples with the difficulty of those answers while rendering them more accessible. With rhetorical savvy Augustine himself would applaud, Griffiths aims to seduce rather than argue his readers into agreement with Augustine. Augustines historically significant, characteristically Christian, and undeniably radical thoughts on lying ignite Griffithss searching discussion of this challenging and crucial topic. Marvelously erudite and energetic, Lying will draw Augustine enthusiasts, students of ethics, and anyone who is committed to living a more honest life.