I'm surprised no one else has commented yet.This charge of hypocrisy is probably the atheist objection that irritates me more than anything else. It is certainly one of the most common, if not the most common, *justification* given for unbelief. (The true most common might be the so-called Problem of Evil.)It irritates me to no end because it's so simple to understand! The entire POINT of this religion is that everybody is a moral failure - of COURSE we should expect everybody, including Christians, to fail!But failure is not hypocrisy. It should be so easy to grasp this.
That false definition of hypocrisy enables the brazenly sinful to claim superior virtue: "We're not hypocrites!"Lies upon lies...
I like it. I seem to stand constant watch against hypocrisy in myself. This is not a bad thing, but it helps to actually know what hypocrisy is. Yours is the best view of it I've seen.
Most people are at least mildly hypocritical--nobody ever lives up completely to their standards. We are, after all, human (or, in the Christian conception, fallen).Samson: This does nothing to prove God exists, of course, but most atheist moralists have fallen down on the job as well (Dawkins? Hitchens?), and two out of three eight-digit mass murderers were atheists. So there's little evidence, IMHO, religion makes people *worse*.
Most people are at least mildly hypocritical--nobody ever lives up completely to their standards.But SFG, that is what we are saying - "not living up to one's standards" is not hypocrisy! It's just failure.