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By This Standard: The Authority of God's Law Today Paperback – January 1, 2008
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By showing that there is no neutral ground, that one's views of civil government, education, economics, law, etc., etc., if not grounded in Scripture will wind up being nearly indistinguishable from the views of secular society, Bahnsen demonstrates how crucial it is that those who desire to live as Christians accept the revelation of God in His Word and in His Law as being foundational for all of life.
By This Standard is in many ways better than Theonomy in Christian Ethics in that it doesn't read like a master's thesis, is more digestible in its chapter lengths, is aimed at a broader audience and so is more accessible for the layman, and has a great succinct section at the end refuting criticisms of his previous work.
The main point of this book though is still the same: by what standard shall nations decide what is just in socio-political laws? By the standard God has revealed in Scripture.
For a review of that main point, see my review of Theonomy in Christian Ethics:
As for this book, Bahnsen applies the same principles of argumentation and clear exegesis but presents it in an easier tone. Of course this means his argument is not as exhaustive in this book; but it still carries the same weight. Chapter by chapter he uses Scripture over and over again to present the case. And just as before, while it is hard psychologically and emotionally sometimes to reach the conclusions he does. There doesn't seem to be any Biblical or logical reason not to come to the same conclusion.Read more ›
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Have the book; great for developing a systematic rational Biblical reasoning. Sin is down played in our country because GOD's law is downplayed. Read morePublished 4 months ago by anita fedoriw
This is a first class book which reminds us that the New Testament doesn't 'replace' the Old Testament but merely builds upon it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by naomi king
This book changed my life. I rank it's truth right up there with the realization of God's Sovereignty! Once you
get the message of this book you will never be the same. Read more
This is a well-written defence of Theonomy, a strong form of Covenant Theology. I do not give it 5 stars because I think Bahnsen wrong on the issue, but rather than take lots of... Read morePublished on June 6, 2011 by spfdgreg
This is an excellent book.
I appreciate how the author doesn't negate the Law Word of God, of the as it is the basis
of which the law of the New Testament is... Read more