Thursday, July 12, 2007

the evangelical outpost: Larry Flynt vs. David Vitter:
Examining the Difference Between Hypocrisy and Moral Inconsistency

the evangelical outpost: Larry Flynt vs. David Vitter:
Examining the Difference Between Hypocrisy and Moral Inconsistency


Joe Carter has a good piece here on the difference between the sin of moral failure as compared to the sin of hypocrisy. It is more than a call for the correct use of terminology, as this paragraph hints at:

The problem is not with pointing out moral inconsistency, which can aid a person in readjusting their level of integrity. The problem is that this approach [labelling moral sin as hypocrisy rather than sin] rewards those with low-,Larry Flynt--low, moral standards. Anyone with high moral standards is likely to come up short, thus opening themselves to the charge of being morally inconsistent.