I Am the Lord Your God: Christian Reflections on the Ten Commandments

I Am the Lord Your God: Christian Reflections on the Ten Commandments

I Am the Lord Your God: Christian Reflections on the Ten Commandments

I Am the Lord Your God: Christian Reflections on the Ten Commandments

Excerpt

In 2003 the Society for Ecumenical Anglican Doctrine (now called the Anglican Communion Institute) and the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology jointly sponsored a series of theological conferences on the Ten Commandments. This volume contains the addresses given in Charleston, South Carolina, January 9-11; at Christ Church, Dallas, Texas, February 27–March 1; and at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, June 15-17. Together, they bring fresh reflection to bear on general theological questions, such as the place of the Ten Commandments in civil society, their relation to natural moral law, their relevance for the Christian life, their use in catechetical instruction, as well as on particular ethical issues such as abortion, killing, homosexuality, lying, greed, and the like.

The Ten Commandments continue to stir controversy in both the church and society. Some would contest their relevance and validity in public life. Militant groups battle to expunge them from schoolrooms, law courts, and government offices, confining them instead to the sphere of private religion. More disturbing is the extent to which teaching the Ten Commandments in the church has been supplanted by the widespread heresy of antinomianism, the idea that if salvation is through "faith alone," Christians are free from the precepts of the moral law.

Jesus said to his disciples, "Come, follow me!" Following Jesus involves keeping the commandments of God. He said, "He who has . . .

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