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The Perilous Sayings


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AMOS WINARTO OEI holds a PhD in Moral Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, and has sixteen years' teaching experience at higher education institutions in his home country of Indonesia. Currently he is Dean of Students at Aletheia Theological Seminary, Lawang, East Java, Indonesia. He also has experience in church ministry, serving as youth minister and then senior pastor at The Church of Christ the Lord in Surabaya, Indonesia.


In this important biblical study, Amos Winarto Oei examines the six antitheses in Matthew 5 that are key teachings in the Sermon on the Mount. He convincingly establishes two points: One, instead of following the path of many exegetes that these teachings are only for Christians, Oei argues that they express moral precepts and so express standards of conduct that apply to every person. Second, while many have used the antitheses to support a social agenda, Oei argues that they must be interpreted as standards of personal conduct. If the arguments of this book are sound, as I think they are, then a great deal of contemporary interpretation and use of the antitheses is mistaken. Calvin P. Van Reken, PhDProfessor Emeritus of Moral Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USAAuthor of Principia Meta-Ethica (2015) Thiis illuminating book provides synthetic analysis of disparate Protestant and Roman Catholic theologians on a New Testament passage crucial for Christian ethics. Along the way, Amos Winarto Oei clarifies the ethical significance of key theological doctrines in creative ways. Douglas J. Schuurman, PhDProfessor of Religion, St Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, USAAuthor of Creation, Eschaton and Ethics (1991) and Vocation: Discerning Our Callings in Life (2004) In this study Amos Winarto Oei shows that he is a discerning reader, not only of the Christian tradition but also of Scripture itself. The Sermon on the Mount, particularly Jesus' antithetical teachings concerning the Mosaic law, is one of the most controverted and significant texts in the Christian religion. Oei's work in this volume helps his readers to better understand the shape of Christian reflection on this passage and helps to clarify the serious implications for life today. Jordan J. Ballor, PhDSenior Research Fellow, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & LibertyGeneral Editor, Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology In the often murky world of religious ethics, this book provides a roadmap by which to navigate. Amos Winarto Oei has written a thorough review of the various modern traditions of interpretation of the antitheses. Here he displays the delicate balance between love and justice, and how an individual must display the former, but a State must display the latter. Rev Mike AbmaPastor, Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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