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In Defense of Hypocrisy: Picking Sides in the War on Virtue [Hardcover]

By Jeremy Lott (Author)
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Rush Limbaugh. Tom DeLay. Bill Bennett. Newt Gingrich. All basically good people whose behavior sometimes seems abrasive or downright bad? Lott's thought-provoking, witty, and morally charged book takes aim at the corrosive use of accusations and hypocrisy, and what some consider virtue-impoverished agendas. Brace yourself for a gutsy and provocative read! 224 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  1595550526  
ISBN13  9781595550521  
UPC  020049140406  

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More About Jeremy Lott

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jeremy Lott has been published in nearly 100 magazines and newspapers, including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun-Times, the New York Post, and National Review. Stateside, his work has appeared in outlets from Christianity Today to Seattle's alternative weekly the Stranger. Internationally, the Lott byline has appeared in publications in Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands. A contributing editor to Books & Culture, Lott's work has sparked debate from commentators of every stripe. Conservative Charles Colson has featured his articles in his BreakPoint radio commentaries and bestselling liberal author Chris Mooney called his piece on book burning and free speech the "best counter-intuitive argument ever." Lott is the author of the equally counter-intuitive book, In Defense of Hypocrisy: Picking Sides in the War on Virtue.

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Tendentious rubbish  Feb 5, 2007
This is one of the weakest "counterintuitive" books on the market. A confronting title does not make a good book.

Hypocrisy is so obviously hated because it exposes someone who wishes to take unfair advantage of another. In other words it is an inherently parasitic activity.

The author no doubt has other books in the wings: In Praise of Lying, Why Murder isn't always bad, Adultery - Think of the Positives, Is Deceit alway deceptive?, How stealing helps society by creating more robust security services.... you get the idea.
Starts Strong, but Slips Into Logical Problems  Sep 7, 2006
Jeremy Lott's defense of hypocrisy begins strong, with what is probably his strongest argument of the book: Moral weakness is not hypocrisy. He then makes his second argument, that not all hypocrisy is bad, becauase it doesn't always have bad results. In other words, hypocrisy should be judged by the results, rather than by the moral rightness or wrongness of hypocrisy itself.

This is a very weak defence, because it is so easy to show the extreme outcomes. While he decires the slippery slope, he leaves the book with the slippery slope solidly in place: all hypocrisy is relative, based on the outcome or results of the act itself. You can, of course, defend any moral wrong, up to and including murder, on this same ground.

You can see the result in his defense of Brittany Spears, and the Catholic Clergy in their sex scandles, all the while he is saying: "Those hypocritic preachers on TV...."

He also can't seem to figure out why we have an aversion to hypocrisy, or why we consider it wrong. The answer is really very simple, actually: read the Second Commandment. His reasoning on why hypocrisy are so prevalent are pretty good, while his defense of Rick Warren misses the entire point of what's wrong with Warren's teachings.

In the end, this is a pretty good defense of hypocrisy, from a distinctly non-Christian point of view (although the author claims to be a Christian, I see little in his reasoning to show this), but he misses the mark in a lot of ways, and gives a boost to relative morality as the ultimate answer.
Jeremy Lott is a Total Hypocrite  Jul 5, 2006
Lott sets out to overturn the conviction of hypocrisy and convinces at least this juror. Aiding his case is Jeremy's easy story-telling style. Considering how in-your-face the topic probably seems to some, the book's argument is gentle (but persuasive, I think). A good read.
Readable and Stimulating  Jul 4, 2006
Though this book is billed as a defense, it's really much more than that: A study of why hypocrisy is so pervasive, why people are so offended by it, and whether that offense always makes sense. It's a remarkably thorough treatment of the topic, especially considering what a quick read it is. Lott isn't always right (he overestimates the role that aversion to hypocrisy has played in reactions to priest-molester scandals, for example), but he's always thought-provoking.

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