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The Ten Commandments in History : Mosaic Paradigms for a Well-Ordered Society :  Mosaic Paradigms for a Well-Ordered Society - Kuntz

The Ten Commandments in History : Mosaic Paradigms for a Well-Ordered Society

Mosaic Paradigms for a Well-Ordered Society

By: Kuntz

Paperback Published: January 2004
ISBN: 9780802826602
Number Of Pages: 240

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Foreword by Marion Leathers Kuntz

Paul Grimley Kuntz was a deeply religious man who not only found religious profundity in the Decalogue but also was convinced that it offers the most reasonable paradigm for a well-ordered society. Decrying the loss of the true meaning of the Decalogue in modern times, Kuntz spent the last decade of his life preparing this book, his magnum opus, on the Decalogue. In his research and writing he left no stone unturned, considering the Decalogue and the history of its use from every conceivable angle.

In "The Ten Commandments in History" Kuntz passionately argues that the Ten Commandments are universal principles of social order that have to be applied in concrete circumstances in order for their meaning to be fully understood. In a nearly seamless discourse about the tradition of the Ten Commandments, Kuntz engages the thought of more than twenty philosophers from antiquity to modernity, showing how great minds adapted the Decalogue to the needs of their particular age. Among the figures treated in the book are Philo, Aquinas, Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Hobbes, Locke, Edwards, Kant, Jefferson, Montaigne, Pascal, Hegel, and Nietzsche. By demonstrating the crucial role of the Decalogue in the history of ideas, Kuntz hoped that readers would find a new reverence for the Ten Commandments and once again value their place in civil society.

Forewordp. vii
Editor's Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Classical and Medieval
The Ten Commandments, Ancient and Modernp. 3
Philo Judaeus: A Decalogue in Balancep. 11
Saint Gregory of Palamas: The Christian Transformationp. 27
Richard Rolle: The Decalogue of an English Hermitp. 35
King Alfred: The Decalogue and Anglo-American Lawp. 46
Ramon Lull: A Decalogue of Medieval Reasonsp. 50
Thomas Aquinas: Firmness and Flexibility in the Decaloguep. 62
Girolamo Savonarola: The Decalogue of a Fanaticp. 81
John Wycliffe: A Powerful Originalp. 84
Martin Luther: A Decalogue of Faithp. 93
John Calvin: The Logic of the Lawp. 107
Paracelsus: Commandments without Stonep. 119
Joseph Waite: Ecstasies of the Puritan Heartp. 128
Thomas Hobbes and John Lockep. 134
Jonathan Edwards: The Commandment of Lovep. 145
Montesquieu: The Decalogue of a Philosophep. 155
Immanuel Kant: A Critical Decaloguep. 163
Thomas Jefferson: The Decalogues of a Civil Religionp. 170
Jeremy Bentham: Blunt Critic of the Decaloguep. 185
A Diversity of Rationalists: Montaigne, Pascal, Spinoza, and Hegelp. 196
Nietzsche and After: The Lastingness of the Ten Commandmentsp. 205
Selected Sourcesp. 215
Indexp. 218
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ISBN: 9780802826602
ISBN-10: 0802826601
Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: January 2004
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 15.2  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.34