Thy Will Be Done

The Ten Commandments and the Christian Life

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Gilbert Meilaender
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , May
     144 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Benjamin Saunders forthcoming.


This short, accessible, but theologically substantive volume unfolds the significance of the Ten Commandments for the Christian life.

Gilbert Meilaender, one of today's leading Christian ethicists, shows that one of the best and historically most influential ways to think about the Christian life has been to examine that life in terms of the Ten Commandments. Meilaender places the commandments in the larger context of the biblical history of salvation, from creation, to the healing Christ brings, to the hoped-for redemption at the end of time.

According to Meilaender, the commandments invite us to think about five ways in which our lives are bound together: in marriage, in families, in the gift of life we share, in possessions, and in the spoken word. But the commandments also require that we wrestle with how all of these human loves and ties should relate to the first and great commandment: to love God above all else. As he approaches the Decalogue from this perspective, Meilaender helps Christians learn what it means to say, "Thy will be done."

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Gilbert Meilaender is senior research professor at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. He was a Ramsey Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, from 2014 to 2018.


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