Christian Ethics

Christ or the Lodge?
By: Orthodox Presbyterian Church
A paper outlining the results of a study conducted by the OPC of secret organizations and especially Masonry and its related organizations. The committee concludes that "Masonry is a religious institution and as such is definitely anti-Christian". 

The Other Shoe: Copyright and the Reasonable Use of Technology
By: John M. Frame
This paper, published in Antithesis magazine, examines the nature of copyright law and suggests improvements that would allow for a more "reasonable" use of photocopy technologies for copyrighted materials. This issue is indeed ethical -- Romans 13 binds the conscience of Christians to follow copyright laws.

Moses' Law for Modern Government: The Intellectual and Sociological Origins of the Christian Reconstructionist Movement
By: J. Ligon Duncan III
This paper was written by Ligon Duncan, a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. Though from a more sociological perspective, it is a critique/overview of Theonomy, a particular view of ethics.

Wholesome Severity Reconciled with Christian Liberty (Offsite)
By: George Gillespie
Should the civil magistrate enforce both tables of the law of God? G. Gillespie states in a Wholesome Severity, "I have endeavored in the following discourse to vindicate the lawful, yea necessary use of the coercive power of the Christian Magistrate in suppressing and punishing heretics and sectaries, according as the degree of their offense and of the Church's danger shall require."

Calvinism and "The Judicial Law of Moses" An Historical Survey
By: James B. Jordan (1978)

To Protector Somerset
By: John Calvin
Duties Imposed on the Protector by the High Office which He Holds — Plan of A Complete Reformation in England — Preaching of the Pure Word of God — Rooting out of Abuses — Correction of Vices and Scandalous Offenses

For Whom Was God's Law Intended?
By: Dr. Greg L. Bahnsen

An Abstract of the Laws of New England
By: John Cotton (1641)
An eye-opening glimpse into the early Puritan theocracy.

Some Thoughts on Theonomy
By: G. I. Williamson
The author offers his views on the issue of "Theonomy", a hotly debated topic in Christian ethics. CRTA feels that his article offers a good perspective on this difficult topic.

The Law and the Saint
By: Arthur W. Pink

THE Fourth COMMANDMENT
Several resources that expound the Puritan, or American theory of the Christian Sabbath.-- The doctrine taught in the Westminster Standards

The Christian Sabbath: Its Nature, Design and Proper Observance.
By: R. L. Dabney -- From, Discussions of Robert L. Dabney, Volume I, pages 496-550. [There is a RTF version.]
The Fourth Commandment By: Charles Hodge -- From his Systematic Theology, In Three Volumes. - Vol. III, pp. 321-348 [RTF version]
The Fourth Commandment By: James Durham -- Put online by Naphtali Press.
Fisher's Catechism on the Fourth Commandment.
  Q58: What is required in the Fourth Commandment?
  Q59: Which day of the seven hath God appointed to be the weekly Sabbath?
  Q60: How is the Sabbath to be sanctified?
  Q61: What is forbidden in the Fourth Commandment?
  Q62: What are the reasons annexed to the Fourth Commandment?
Stated Positions of:
  The Orthodox Presbyterian Church (Offsite)

The Christian and the Theatre (Offsite)
   Samuel Miller's Sermon on Theatre Attendance (1812).
   Thomas Brainerd's Sermon on the Influence of Theatres (1840).

Detecting Some of the Errors Concerning God's Ordinance of Civil Magistracy
   by James Douglas (1779-1857)


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