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, isn't unremitting honesty often associated with stupidity, insanity, and fanatical sainthood? ...
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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, isn't unremitting honesty often associated with stupidity, insanity, and fanatical sainthood?
Drawing from Augustine's 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 Augustine's 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. Augustine's historically significant, characteristically Christian, and undeniably radical thoughts on lying ignite Griffiths' searching discussion of this challenging and crucial topic.
Marvellously erudite and energetic, LYING will draw Augustine enthusiasts, students of ethics, and anyone who is committed to living a more honest life.
Paul J. Griffiths holds the Schmitt Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Examines Augustine's understanding of what constitutes lying in conversation with views on lying held by other important Christian and non-Christian writers.
Paul Griffiths is a Christian evangelist, Bible teacher and writer. He is the author of three books including God on Life: An Ancient Guide to Living and most recently with Martin Robinson The 8 Secrets to Happiness. Every weekday he broadcasts a 5 minute 'Thought for the Day' radio programme across the UK and Europe with Trans World Radio.