Pious fiction

A pious fiction is a narrative that is presented as true by the author, but is considered by others to be fictional albeit produced with an altruistic motivation. The term is sometimes used pejoratively to suggest that the author of the narrative was deliberately misleading readers for selfish or deceitful reasons. The term is often used in religious contexts, sometimes referring to passages in religious texts.

Examples

Religious context

Other contexts

  • Fredrick Pike describes some morale-boosting efforts during the Great Depression as pious fictions.[14]

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