Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Oh, But You Do Get It Wrong! | Aditi Banerjee

Oh, But You Do Get It Wrong! | Aditi Banerjee: Wendy Doniger, who teaches at Chicago, has written a book Hindus: An Alternative History. Wendy, a Jew, does herself disservice by refusing to understand Hinduism, as it is. She presents herself as sex obsessed and sex possessed. She is Professor of History of Religions, but refuses to learn truth about religions. Aditi Banerjee's rejoinder is factual, scholarly and objective.



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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Ethics of Everyday Life: Justifying Lies

The Ethics of Everyday Life: Justifying Lies:



Augustine of Hippo wrote two books about lying: On Lying (De Mendacio) and Against Lying (Contra Mendacio).[22][23] He describes each book in his later work, Retractions. Based on the location of De Mendacio in Retractions, it appears to have been written about 395 AD. The first work, On Lying, begins: "Magna quæstio est de Mendacio" ("There is a great question about Lying"). From his text, it can be derived that St. Augustine divided lies into eight categories, listed in order of descending severity:
  • Lies in religious teaching
  • Lies that harm others and help no one
  • Lies that harm others and help someone
  • Lies told for the pleasure of lying
  • Lies told to "please others in smooth discourse"
  • Lies that harm no one and that help someone materially
  • Lies that harm no one and that help someone spiritually
  • Lies that harm no one and that protect someone from "bodily defilement"
Augustine wrote that lies told in jest, or by someone who believes or opines the lie to be true are not, in fact, lies.