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Publication Date: 2016
The Ten Commandments are perhaps some of the most well-known and vexed verses of the whole Bible. They have found their way into our art, monuments, literature, and cultureeven into Richard Dawkins famed "Ten Atheist Commandments."
In A Doubters Guide to the Ten Commandments, bestselling author John Dickson explores how these ten verses have changed our world and how they show us what the Good Life looks like. Whether or not one believes in the Bible, these ten ancient instructions open up a window to the Western world and on our own soul.
John Dickson (PhD, Ancient History) is the author of more than a dozen books, Rector of St Andrew's Roseville, and a busy public speaker. He has hosted three TV documentaries and is a regular media commentator. In 2007 he founded the Centre for Public Christianity. He has held lecturing and research positions at both Macquarie University (Sydney) and the University of Sydney, where he teaches a course on the historical Jesus. A visiting academic in the department of Classics at Oxford University for 2017-18, he lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5How the 10 commandments have affected our culture's idealsJune 27, 2016Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book talks about how the Ten Commandments--and Jesus' take on them in the New Testament--have deeply influenced history and Western culture. The author assumed that his reader isn't Christian and maybe not even religious, so he described the original context of each commandment, what Jesus said about the commandment, and how these ideas have affected the culture in the past and present.
The author was respectful towards those who do not share his Christian faith and used language that anyone should be able to follow (rather than "Christian-ese" or academic language). Though I knew much of this information, I still found it an interesting read and learned a few things. Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the topic.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher through BookLook.
TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5A Doubter's Guide to the Ten CommandmentsJune 14, 2016TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This book is part theology and part philosophy. In it the author tries to build his case that the code of conduct which nearly everyone in the modern world believes to be acceptable is essentially based upon the 10 Commandments. Specifically, the book is targeted toward those, as the title would suggest, would deny God's existence.
The author delves into an area which is are fairly contested idea in our modern societies. The existence of God, and at the very least, the involvement of God in the lives of those who do not want or believe He is involved. The author's precept is our entire existence is at least tangential to these laws given through Moses to the Israelite people.
Each commandment is addressed in turn, and the author build his case for why we live according to these principles as a whole, even those who consider themselves to be atheists. Part theology, part philosophy and part apologetics the author has created a book which is a worthwhile read for those looking beyond the basics of Christianity. It is written at a level which is easy to understand, but not be quickly read. It is to be pondered and contemplated.
To this end, not a lot of people will want to pick this up. It is not the latest in Christian growth, nor is it pop psychology. It is not the meatiest book, which is why it is a good primer to these types of discussions. If you are a student of deeper thought, you will enjoy this. If you want a quick, light read, this is not for you. Personally, I will refer back to it from time to time as the need arises.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for review purposes in exchange for a fair and honest review of the material contained. A positive review was not required and all thoughts on the book are my own.
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