Truthfulness in Politics

Wahrhaftigkeit in der Politik | La vérité en politique

From our “Wilde 13” section.

“Do not bear false witness against your neighbour” (Ex 20:16) is the 8th commandment. The New Testament tells us, unmistakeably: “But let your statement be ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.” (Mt 5:37). Without a doubt: God wants us to be truthful in what we say and do! What does this mean for politics? In a democracy, voters expect, on the one hand, that politicians tell the truth; on the other hand, politicians often weigh up whether a gentler handling of the “absolute truth” would be more humane. The desire for truth poses great challenges for both politicians and voters!

 

 

The truth has to be tolerable

Even to those who are not committed followers of the Christian Gospel, it …


Categories: 3 (2015) 38
DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1515/phw-2015-5046

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