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In the period following the death of King David the people of Israel became deeply entrenched in a syncretistic form of religion that fused elements of the worship of Yahweh with the ancient fertility cults of Canaan, identifying Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, with the pagan god Baal. This corrupt form of worship, which predated the monarchy but had again become ingrained in the religious practices of the people following Solomon’s own example of idolatry, lasted up until the exile. Reforms instituted by good kings barely touched the religion of the people, whose cultic practices operated at the syncretistic folk-religion level, not in terms of the religious practices of the temple and the priesthood established in the Mosaic law, which was frequently forgotten, at times even completely lost. In large part it was this corruption of the worship of Yahweh that precipitated the Babylonian captivity. What lesson can twenty-first century Christians learn from this period of biblical history? Are there any similarities, at any level, between the mind-set of the ancient Hebrews of this period and the world-view of modern Western society that can help us to understand the spiritual blindness that overwhelmingly dominates modern Western Churches? This essay seeks to provide answers to these questions and thereby provide some guidance for the way out of the present spiritual and moral failure that is leading to the ruin of contemporary Western society. Download the PDF of Baal Worship Ancient And Modern via Kuyper.org/books

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In the period following the death of King David the people of Israel became deeply entrenched in a syncretistic form of religion that fused elements of the worship of Yahweh with the ancient fertility cults of Canaan, identifying Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, with the pagan god Baal. This corrupt form of worship, which predated the monarchy but had again become ingrained in the religious practices of the people following Solomon’s own example of idolatry, lasted up until the exile. Reforms instituted by good kings barely touched the religion of the people, whose cultic practices operated at the syncretistic folk-religion level, not in terms of the religious practices of the temple and the priesthood established in the Mosaic law, which was frequently forgotten, at times even completely lost. In large part it was this corruption of the worship of Yahweh that precipitated the Babylonian captivity. What lesson can twenty-first century Christians learn from this period of biblical history? Are there any similarities, at any level, between the mind-set of the ancient Hebrews of this period and the world-view of modern Western society that can help us to understand the spiritual blindness that overwhelmingly dominates modern Western Churches? This essay seeks to provide answers to these questions and thereby provide some guidance for the way out of the present spiritual and moral failure that is leading to the ruin of contemporary Western society. Download the PDF of Baal Worship Ancient And Modern via Kuyper.org/books

    Chapter 18: Misconstruing Federal Theology

    Chapter 18: Misconstruing Federal Theology

    A review of David A. Weir’s The Origins of the Federal Theology in Sixteenth-Century Reformation Thought (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1990, ISBN 1-09-826691-0), from Calvinism Today, Vol. III, No. 4, (October 1993)

    • 56 min
    Chapter 17: Protestantism and Science

    Chapter 17: Protestantism and Science

    Reviews of Peter Harrison’s The Bible, Protestantism and the Rise of Natural Science (Cambridge University Press, 1998, ISBN 1-520-59096-0) and Alfred W. Crosby’s The Measure of Reality: Quantification and Western Society 1250-1600 (Cambridge University Press, 1997, ISBN 1-520-63991-5), from Christianity & Society, Vol. IX, No. 4, (October 1999)

    • 55 min
    Chapter 11: What Happened to the Protestant Work Ethic?

    Chapter 11: What Happened to the Protestant Work Ethic?

    Originally commissioned in 2000 by The Social Contract, an American journal, for an issue dealing with the contrast between British and American society and the British contribution to American society. Rejected by The Social Contract it was eventually published in the January/March 2002 issue of the British journal Right Now! (issue 34)

    • 15 min
    Chapter 16: Sodom and Gomorrah

    Chapter 16: Sodom and Gomorrah

    From Christianity & Society, Vol. XII, No. 4 (October 2002)

    • 33 min
    Chapter 15: Corruption

    Chapter 15: Corruption

    The text of a lecture given originally at a conference at the Christian Evangelism Centre, Kanyama, Lusaka, Zambia, on the 26 May and subsequently at the New Covenant Church Christian Life Centre, Kabwe, Zambia, on 28 May 2002. Published in Christianity & Society, Vol. XII, No. 3 (July 2002)

    • 34 min
    Chapter 14: The Church as a Community Faith

    Chapter 14: The Church as a Community Faith

    The text of a talk given at His People Christian Church in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday 2 June 2002. Published in Christianity & Society, Vol. XIII, No. 1 (January 2003)

    • 44 min

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