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Iraq, Truth Telling, Deception and Self-Deception

Blog or WebsiteHat Tip to Jesus Politics, for this essay by Baptist Center for Ethics Exec Director, Robert Parham, on deception, truth telling and Iraq:

"The president’s claim of progress [in Iraq], however, is misdirection—misdirection is a polite way to say deception.

Deception is one of the oldest of human sins. It has biblical roots in the creation story when the man and woman hid themselves among the trees of the garden from God. When God asked where they were, the man answered deceptively that he was afraid because of his nakedness. When God asked if the man had eaten the forbidden fruit, the man replied with more deception. He blamed his actions on the woman, given him by God, who had led him to eat the fruit.

On first reading, the text shows clearly that the man tried to deceive God. On second reading, the story creates speculation about the man’s own self-deception. Did he at some level see himself as innocent, the victim of what God had done to him with the woman who led him into sin? Did he think that he bore no responsibility for disobedience?

The sin of deception cuts two ways. One is misleading others, hiding the truth and covering up wrongful behavior. The other is misleading oneself about what really happened and avoiding one’s own accountability for it.

Misleading the nation about progress is one thing. Self-deception through repetitive claims is another, maybe even a more dangerous problem."
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8/22/2005 06:22:00 PM

I'm not sure where to put this link, but this seemed like an appropriate post. Have you seen this from the Huffinton Post? Pardon my lack of HTML skills:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chuck-gutenson/what-would-it-take_b_6038.html

What do you think?    



8/22/2005 07:28:00 PM

No great stuff, I followed your link to his personal site and as you can see thought it was very worth pulling up to front and center... Much thanks for sending that on and for all your comments here...

Tim    



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