At different times in history, churches have changed their understanding of how biblical commandments should be interpreted and applied. 'According to the Scriptures?' traces the history of the use of the Bible from New Testament invocations of the Old Testament to today. The book opens by outlining the history of how the Bible has been used to answer social, moral and political questions. It goes on to examine a range of case studies - sexual relationships, life issues, attitudes to authority, and the charging of interest - to assess how the Bible can illuminate contemporary concerns.
1. Can we ‘go by the Book’? 2. ‘Going by the Book’ – Insights from Judaism 3. The Old Testament Law in the New Testament 4. The Apostolic Fathers and Apologists 5. From the Third Century to the Reformation 6. The Reformation 7. The Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 8. The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 9. A New Approach – Example not Precept 10. Case Studies: Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage Interest Human Sexuality Conclusion Bibliography