Hypocrisy: Moral Fraud and Other Vices
Paperback: 173 pages
Publisher: Baker Pub Group (November 1, 1999)
Spiegel deftly analyzes the concept and content of hypocrisy, then moves to a discussion of its morality and its relation to moral weakness and sanctification. In his closing chapter he takes up the charge of the church’s hypocrisy and whether it poses a sufficient reason for rejection of Christian truth, as critics maintain.
A respected congressman is found guilty of shady financial dealings. A highly regarded sports personality is busted for drug possession. Hypocrisy seems to be everywherereports of it are in the news almost every day.
Christians especially are prone to the charge of hypocrisy: Theyre all a bunch of hypocrites. Yet surprisingly, the topic of hypocrisy has remained largely unaddressed in Christian literature or in secular publishing.
In Hypocrisy: Moral Fraud and Other Vices, James Spiegel draws insights from ethics, theology, psychology, apologetics, and spiritual formation to guide readers through this complex subject.
Spiegel deftly analyzes the concept and content of hypocrisy, then moves to a discussion of its morality and its relation to moral weakness and sanctification. In his closing chapter he takes up the charge of the churchs hypocrisy and whether it poses a sufficient reason for rejection of Christian truth, as critics maintain.
Highly accessible yet philosophically sophisticated, Hypocrisy will sharpen the wits of serious readers and students of philosophy alike. This important book is destined to be a sought-after reference in moral and theological discussions for years to come.
“A clearly written contribution to an important topic for Christians. We need sharp thinking about hypocrisy and self-deception in order to battle against these all-too-common manifestations of human sinfulness. Spiegels book is both theoretically and practically valuable.” (C. Stephen Evans, Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College)
“James Spiegel has written a probing and thoughtful investigation into the dynamics of hypocrisy and self-deception. It is a valuable guide to the investigation of the wilderness of the darker side of human motivation.” (Dick Keyes, LAbri Fellowship)
“Spiegel’s book is an exciting example of how integrative philosophy should be done. It is also a sign of the maturity of evangelical publishing. Spiegel offers us a careful, insightful, and interesting analysis of the nature of hypocrisy, its causes and consequences, and its relationship to things such as self deception and weakness of will. I know of no book like this anywhere. It will be of special interest to psychologists, moral philosophers, theologians, and those in pastoral/discipleship ministries. At a time when hypocrisy is rampant throughout society, Hypocrisy is must reading for understanding and countering this corrosive trend.” (J. P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University)
“A unique and profound treatment of a basic structure of evil that permeates our homes, communities, and institutions, secular and sacred. I recommend it highly to anyone who needs to understand why life goes as it does. It deals with a primary topic in the teachings of Jesus which needs to be applied to the texture of our daily lives” (Dallas Willard, Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California, author of The Divine Conspiracy, The Spirit of the Disciplines, and Renovation of the Heart)