Remarkably Fresh

Philip Yancey’s “Sin” [Mar. 6] did it again. With remarkable freshness he plows through theological conventionalities regarding the purpose of divine law, finds the coherent thread of both OT and NT, and shares his own self-authenticating experience that affirms his biblical conclusion: God’s laws are primarily descriptive, not prescriptive.

HERBERT E. DOUGLASS

Weimar Institute

Weimar, Calif.

May I respectfully correct a misconception of a Hebrew verbal construction in Yancy’s otherwise fine treatment? The Hebrew in the Ten Commandments is doing far more than merely “giving a description of what a holy people will look like.” A more accurate statement would have been: “The Hebrew in the Ten Commandments is giving strong divine commands as to what a holy people must and must not do.”

DR. KENNETH L. BAKER

Capital Bible Seminary

Lanham, Md.

Yancey has egregiously offended all George MacDonald lovers by prematurely dating his death! Had he died in 1858, many great works would never have been written. MacDonald died at Ashtead, Surrey, in 1905.

JAY PIERSON

Kensington, Md.

Medical ethics: A complex issue

I was delighted with the two articles on medical ethics in your March 6 issue [“Life-defying Acts,” by Ed Larson and Beth Spring, and “The Inevitability of Death,” by Rob Roy MacGregor]. I share the concern expressed by the authors that the evangelical voice has been notably absent from discussions about decisions to limit treatment. The two articles presented a reasoned and balanced view of a complex issue.

ROBERT D. ORR, M.D.

Brattleboro, Vt.

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