An Exegetical Approach to the Philosophical Concept of Self-deception

What is self-deception? What are its harmful effects on individuals, communities, Christendom and the world? Why is it so deeply embedded in human psyche both individually and corporately? Self-deception is an important and pervasive topic in the Bible which repeatedly warns against it. Proper attention to self-deception is necessary to prevent this error that can lead to fatal results when left unattended. In my articles “Self-Deception in Current Philosophical Discussions and Its Importance in Theology” (International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, vol. 4, no. 1 [June, 2016]: 13-21), and “Self-Deception in Theology” (Themelios, vol. 43, issue 3 [December, 2018]: 405-16), I addressed self-deception in philosophy and theology. In this paper, I will conduct an exegetical study of the biblical passages that address self-deception with the aid of philosophical and theological insights toward the goal of presenting a clear picture of what the Bible teaches about self-deception—what it is, what are its consequences, and how to deal with it. Though much has been written on the topic of self-deception from philosophical and even theological perspectives, much work is still needed in exegetical studies of the biblical passages that address this important topic. The Scripture teaches that self-deception is closely related to sin, stems from disordered love, hinders accurate self-knowledge, and prevents people from knowing and loving God. Communal life in a believing community that practices spiritual disciplines of scriptural engagement, prayer, and confession, and endurance through trials and persecutions provide opportunities to become aware of and overcome self-deception.

5 thoughts on “An Exegetical Approach to the Philosophical Concept of Self-deception”

  1. Pak, An Exegetical Approach to the Philosophical Concept of Self
    A rather rare attempt to integrate BT and interpretation with ST and philosophy. The links between self-deception and other (biblical)theological categories makes this seem promising.

  2. This study looks solid and
    This study looks solid and interesting. He mentions the goal of an exegetical focus; however, the paper seems to me much more at home in a ST or related section.


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