Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Book Review

"Why the Ten Commandments Matter" (D. James Kennedy) - I've previously mentioned how I'm disappointed by the Christian literature section of my local library. So, I was surprised to see this thin little book peeking at me from the stacks. I knew I had to read it.

Overall, Kennedy does an excellent job of presenting each of the ten commandments, and convicting the reader of the reality of sin. I don't think I would write a book on this subject quite the same way. The author seems to be targeting more of a Christian audience, or maybe luke-warm Christians. Also, he seems a little distracted by the removal of the ten commandments from public life (both the physical displays and in people's behavior). As Christians, we need to keep in mind that the Bible specifically says the world opposes God. We shouldn't be surprised when it happens. I think it comes from post-millennial eschatology...


Freeman said...

I've not read the book, but wanted to offer this: altho it is true that the world hates God, causing it to also reject His Law, still, think about how not that many decades ago, here in the U.S. (except for in certain decaying pockets of big cities) we could leave our keys in the car; the door to our house unlocked 24/7. Just 2 examples of how even the "world" can be powerfully restrained from sin if the Big 10C are taught.

nedbrek said...

True, we are moving into what is called a "post-Christian" world. In some ways, it is worse off.

But I think the worst state for people is to be a "cultural Christian" -- that is, identifying as a Christian, but not actually being one.

The post-Christian world is not free of cultural Christians, but a lot of them now openly identify as atheists. The better for their conversion.