Matt and Alastair tussle over whether lying is ever theologically licit. In Matt's corner (anti): St. Augustine. In Alastair's corner (pro): the Bible? Derek mediates. Good fun is had.

The Bible has some tricky passages. Occasionally here on Mere Fidelity the crew likes to pick one of these up and try to unravel it. On the discussion table today: How do we reconcile clear laws and murky narratives? For instance, it seems that the commandments against lying are absolute, and yet in Exodus 1, God blesses the Hebrew midwives for their deception. Let’s dive in with Matt, Alastair, and Derek.

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Book Giveaway?
God Blesses Deception in Exodus 1
Raising Biblical Questions about Lying
Bringing in the Fathers
Lying vs. Deception
Is the narrative underdetermined?
Deception in the New Testament
Jacob Deceives Isaac
Deception as Bravery
Absolute Prohibition
Memorialized for Generations

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