Today I ran across a blog-post by Scot McKnight that briefly discusses Bonhoeffer’s essay on truth-telling. This essay was found in the earlier mass-market version of Bonhoeffer’s Ethics (where I remember originally reading it many years ago now), but in the critical editions of Bonhoeffer’s works was included in Volume 16 – Conspiracy and Imprisonment: 1940-1945. At any rate, I would be interested in thoughts on the nature of truth-telling and lying when it is a relational issue and not simply treated as a principle. Is it telling the “truth” to hold to a principle or honor relationships? Or, in other words, is it ever acceptable to lie in regard to principles, but be “truthful” in regard to relationships?
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