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Third Edition, printed 2002.
Theonomy in Christian Ethics started as a quiet masters thesis in fulfillment of a Master of Theology degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1973. First published in 1977, this volume unexpectedly shook the theological establishment in its call for a return to Gods law as the only perfect standard of righteousness for civil ethics. Twenty-five years later it continues to challenge the church to unashamedly embrace the "Word of God, contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the only rule of faith and life."
CD Contents:PDF Versions of:BOOKS BY BAHNSEN:Theonomy in Christian EthicsBy This Standard: The Authority of God's Law TodayNo Other Standard: Theonomy and Its CriticsHouse Divided: The Break-up of Dispensational TheologyARTICLES BY BAHNSEN:"My Lord and My Life" (personal testimony)"What is 'Theonomy'?""The Theonomic Antithesis to Other Law-Attitudes""The Theonomic Thesis in Confessional and Historical Perspective"Bahnsen CMF Resource Catalog20 MP3 AUDIO LECTURES BY BAHNSEN:Theonomic Approach to Ethics (I) Who's in Charge Here? (Luke 6:44).Has God Changed His Mind? (Matthew 5:16-20).How is the Old Testament Old? (Hebrews 8:13-10:1)No King but Caesar? (John 19:15).When is Punishment Criminal? (Hebrew 2:1-4).The Law: To Criticize or Obey? (James 4:1-12)Theonomic Approach to Ethics (II) Do We Need External Rules in Christian Ethics?God's Law as a Pattern for Social Righteousness.The Current Question of Homosexuality.The Current Question of Capital Punishment.Social Ethics and the Westminster Confession of Faith.Abortion and General Questions and Answers.Theonomy and Its Critics Answer to Meridith Kline.Hermeneutical Criticisms.Law Categorization Arguments.Exegetical Criticisms.Church/State Criticisms.Penal Sanction Criticisms.Has Westminster Seminary Found a Critique for Theonomy Yet?Part OnePart Two
Theonomy Book ContentsPublishers PrefaceAcknowledgementsForeword by R. J. RushdoonyPreface to the Third EditionPreface to the Second EditionPreface to the First EditionI. THE THESIS1. Introduction:2. The Abiding Validity of the Law in Exaustive DetailII. MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE THESIS ERADICATED3. Pharisaism Reproved4. The Laws Inability to Justify and EmpowerIII. THE THESIS AS INTEGRAL TO CHRISTIANITY5. The Integrity of the Law6. Messianic Obedience and the Atonement7. Sanctification by the Holy Spirit8. Covenantal UnityIV. SUPPOSED CONFLICTS WITH THE THESIS RESOLVED9. The Ceremonial (Restorative) Law10. Alleged Negative Passages11. Theonomy and Grace, Faith, LoveV. CONFIRMATION AND SUMMARY OF THE THESIS12. New Testament Substantiation of the Thesis13. The Functions of Gods LawVI. ANTITHESIS14. Theonomy Vs. Autonomy15. Latent AntinomianismVII. APPLICATION OF THE THESIS TO THE STATE16. The Responsibility of Civil Magistrates: Introduction17. The Magistrate in the Older Testament Israel18. The Magistrate in Nations Surrounding Israel19. The Civil Magistrate in the New Testament20. Separation of Church and State21. Penology22. SummationVIII. INDIFFERENCE TO THE THESIS DISPELLED23. Our Duty to Promote Obedience24. The Blessedness of the Law and the Blessing of Obedience25. ConclusionIX. APPENDICES1. An Exegetical Study of Galatians 3:15-182. The Civil Magistrate According to the Westminster Confession of Faith3. A Historical Specimen of Theonomic Politics4. Critique of M. G. KlineX. INDICESIndex of SubjectsIndex of NamesIndex of Scripture Texts