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Do the Ten Commandments affect our lives?

11 Jun

A doubters guide to the ten commandmentsBook Review: A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments: How, for better or worse, our ideas about the good life come from Moses and Jesus, by John Dickson

“The Ten Commandments, as taught by Moses and transposed by Jesus, are unquestionably the most renowned set of ethical statements in history.”

This is the conviction of author John Dickson in his latest book, A Doubter’s Guide to the Ten Commandments: How, for better or worse, our ideas about the good life come from Moses and Jesus. He believes that these 10 statements are greater than the Codes of Hammurabi and the Maxims of Delphi and that they have shaped Western Civilization.

While the Ten Commandments had great influence when introduced by Moses in the Law, the author believes they had even greater impact when retaught by Jesus.

“Jesus thought the entire obligation of humanity could be summed up in a twofold imperative: love God and neighbour. This ties in perfectly with what we find in the two tablets of the Ten Commandments, four commandments about devotion to the Creator, six about devotion to humanity.”

The author aims his discussion at skeptics who discount the value of Scripture. He demonstrates that the Ten Commandments are “Bigger than Hammurabi, Delphi, and Dawkins” (ch. 1). He answers the question of “Why be good?” (ch. 2). Chapter 3 explains “Three keys to the Ten Commandments.” Chapters 4-13 unpack the commandments one at a time.

The book is helpful and provides fresh insights into the meaning and value of the commandments.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2016 in Books, Scripture

 

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