Saturday, February 8, 2014

reading highlights from jerram barr

Also reading Delighting in the Law of the Lord: God's Alternative to Legalism and Moralism (Crossway, 2013) by Jerram Barrs.

[Regarding societies that have no belief in inherent human depravity...] We could say that the more idealistic and utopian the ideology, the more disastrous will be its recipe for change when it is put into action.

This conviction that humans are sinful has been one of the most liberating doctrines in political history.

All biblical study of the law begins with the conviction that God’s own character stands behind the moral order of this world and behind the commandments that he gives to us his creatures. This is the fundamental reason why the Scriptures speak so positively about the law. Praising a set of commandments is an alien notion in our cultural context, but that is where the biblical view begins: with praise and thanksgiving for the law. Psalm 19 is an example of this high view of the law of God.

-- Jerram Barrs, Delighting in the Law of the Lord: God's Alternative to Legalism and Moralism (Crossway, 2013)

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