Is It Okay to Use a Fake Name?
Russell Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He formerly served as Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and executive director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. Dr. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective (Crossway, 2004) and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (Crossway, May 2009).
- 2009 Nov 11
Here's the first question in our new Q&E Questions and Ethics project.
Dear Dr. Moore,
Sometimes I go on blogs and websites, in the comments section, especially in places that are taking shots that I know are not true about people I care about, and I'll use a fake name. The point is just to get the information out there. "The statement you made about so-and-so isn't true, and here's why." Is it okay for a Christian to sign up with a fake name? How about on sites hostile to historic Christianity where they've "banned" me because of my outspoken beliefs? Is it okay to go back on with another identity? I guess my question is this, it is okay to be anonymous or use a pseudonym as a Christian? Is that lying?
Anonymous (of course)
Okay, before I answer this question, why don't you weigh in? Should this person send comments into the Web anonymously or under a fake number? How would you make that decision?
I'll jump in with my own thoughts later. In the meantime, put your comments here in the comments section and remember, if you have an ethics question, to send me your new question to firstname.lastname@example.org