The Ten Commandments and Ethics Today

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Dr Cowdell rescues the Ten Commandments from dour moralists and controlling religious conservatives, rediscovering their life-giving message. Beginning with the question of who God is, the commandments testify to the pro-human agenda of Israel's liberator from slavery. The commandments' insistence on God's prerogatives is explored against the perennial human tendency to create false gods, and is found to be anything but the threat to proper human dignity and autonomy that modern atheism fears. Indeed, the book welcomes the insights of modern atheism in clearing the decks of many harmful, mean-spirited deceptions that regularly pass for God in modern times. Commandments involving apparently politically incorrect convictions are calmly and creatively unpacked, with a surprisingly affirming and inclusive perspective regularly coming to light. From magic to identity fraud, from fertility cults to superannuation, from family systems theory to a searching critique of modern nihilism, Dr Cowdell offers reassurance for today's men and women who wish to know God and find a new way of living. Faithful to the Bible, the tradition of Christian belief, the liturgy and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, this is a book to nurture Christian faith and imagination, to strengthen discipleship and to encourage the vocation of goodness in a world crying out for it more than ever.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherAcorn Press
Number of pages68
ISBN (Print)9780908284702
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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