IN DEFENSE OF THE FALSILOQUIUM – MAY ONE TELL A LIE IN ORDER TO AVOID HARM to self or others, and yet still avoid sinning in the process? From the earliest history of philosophy, we see divergent opinions on this matter. Plato permitted the “noble lie” to bring about good, while Aristotle indicates telling untruth is always wrong. This divergence continues through the Church Fathers. Differences aside, all recognize the moral dilemma involved with maintaining a virtue of honesty while at the same time dealing appropriately with the classic, “What do you tell a Nazi at your door when he asks if there are any Jews in your cellar”?
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