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Ethics

Is Proverbs 31 describing the ideal wife?

I have often heard Proverbs 31 cited as a biblical description of the ideal wife, particularly in Mother’s Day sermons. John Walton and Andrew Hill have another take on what is going on in that passage (Old Testament Today, 2nd edition, p. 380), which looks right, so I’m happy that Louis McBride brought it to […]

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Ethics Hamartiology

What authority should we give to the conscience?

Naselli’s explanation of why our understanding of the conscience matters In a previous post, I shared some of the presentation made by Andrew Naselli (of Bethlehem College and Seminary) at the ETS meetings in Baltimore, in his paper entitled: “Defining the Conscience (Suneidesis): What It Means and Five Reasons It Matters.” After defining the conscience, […]

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Anthropology (theological) Ethics

What is a conscience, and what is the source of the moral standards to which it testifies?

Why does our concept of the conscience matter theologically? The human conscience keenly interests me because of its role in various theological disciplines. It comes into ethics and hamartiology (the doctrine of sin) because of the way our concept of the conscience informs our understanding of guilt. It is significant soteriologically when we ponder what […]

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Books Ethics

The virtue of just peacemaking as a form of Christian discipleship

Back in July, I posted some thoughts about the role that church tradition should play in the construction of  our ethics, as of our theology generally. I think that we need to attend carefully to the way in which God’s people have understood divine revelation, through the centuries, but ultimately we must study God’s written […]

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Ethics

The early church and our position concerning the morality of military service

In a recent post on “The early Church and military service,” Scot McKnight stated that “there was not a single Christian writer in the first three hundred years of Christianity who said that Christians should serve in Rome’s military.” I commented: Might it be wise to consider carefully the material referenced by David Hunter in […]

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Ethics Hermeneutics

Is it immoral for us to mix wool and linen in our clothing?

Many years ago, I became acquainted with Rousas Rushdoony’s Institutes of Biblical Law.  By then, I had grown in the conviction that the whole Bible (not just the New Testament) is God’s word for his people, and that all of it is “useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 […]

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Ethics Spirituality

The ten commandments viewed with new covenant eyes

For some time now, I have been memorizing the New City Catechism and I am  finding it very beneficial. I’m taking my time at it, but I have now gotten a fair handle on the first 12 questions and answers, so I’m finished the questions on the ten commandments. I very much appreciate the way […]