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Reading the Ten commandments anew : towards a land of freedom

Author: John, de Taizé frère.
Publisher: New York : Alba House, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Ten Commandments transport most of us back to the religion of our childhood, to catechism class or Sunday school. They easily evoke blind obedience, sin and guilt, a moralistic or legalistic mindset; their negative approach seems to be at the opposite extreme from the positive religion of love and responsibility which we identify with Jesus Christ. Unless, of course, we take the opposite lack, and welcome a
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John, de Taizé, frère.
Reading the Ten commandments anew.
New York : Alba House, ©2004
(OCoLC)609291084
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John, de Taizé frère.
ISBN: 0818909552 9780818909559
OCLC Number: 52127494
Description: xiv, 140 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: I am the Lord your God --
There will be no other gods --
Remember the Sabbath day --
Honor your father and your mother --
You will not kill --
You will not commit adultery --
You will not steal --
You will not give false testimony --
You will not covet --
Jesus and the ten words.
Other Titles: Vers une terre de liberté.
Responsibility: Brother John of Taiz.
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"The Ten Commandments transport most of us back to the religion of our childhood, to catechism class or Sunday school. They easily evoke blind obedience, sin and guilt, a moralistic or legalistic mindset; their negative approach seems to be at the opposite extreme from the positive religion of love and responsibility which we identify with Jesus Christ. Unless, of course, we take the opposite lack, and welcome a return to "that old-time religion" as a bulwark against the tidal wave of relativism and cultural anarchy that seems about to engulf us. If we are guided by our spontaneous reactions, in short, we risk rejecting or accepting the Ten Commandments for reasons that have more to do with our own preconceptions than with its meaning in the context of the biblical message as a whole.

This book, then, proposes to undertake a rereading of this well-known biblical text to show how the Ten Commandments represent simple boundaries that protect our freedom to act and grow as children of a loving God. They are road signs indicating the way to the One who is the Way to Life in all its fullness."--Jacket.

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