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An Exposition of the Ten Commandments
on January 24, 2004
Dr. McQuilkin's textbook on Christian Ethics is actually a very well-written development of the Ten Commandments for today. The book would be very acceptable to Reformed-Presbyterians, and other groups with strong Sabbatarian convictions.
However, I only give it 3 stars because it's not really a book about distinctively Christian ethics...Christian being defined as New Covenant ethics. There is no real acknowledgement that there are any other approaches to Christian ethics than the transposition of the Ten Commandments as such into the present era. There is no discussion of the greater redemptive framework within which ethics operates (Old vs. New Covenant). There is little discussion on how the shift from a political theocracy to an international faith-confessing body changes the ethical system we follow (e.g., the absence of land-references or any civil laws in the New Testament).
Although Dr. McQuilkin is a Baptist, his underlying assumption is that of covenant theology, and the way he handles O.T. law is almost Theonomic. Now, if you agree with that, then you'll think this book is fine. And it is a good book, well worth reading. But it fails to deal with most of the bigger theological issues underlying Christian ethics, and presupposes an approach that many Christians might not accept.