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In their discourse on lying and lies, classical and early Christian authors tried to define the lie in precise terms:

1.  They aimed to distinguish between different types of lies.

2.  They also reflected on the question of the morality of lying: may a lie be told, and if so, in what circumstances?

Without striving for completeness, this article will discuss crucial passages in the works of philosophers and e…

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van Geest, Paul, “Lying”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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