Book Review: How Can I Develop a Christian Conscience?

HOW15BP_200x1000Everyone has a conscience. What exactly that is, and how we develop it is the subject of this short entry in the Crucial Questions Series. In How Can I Develop a Christian Conscience? by R.C. Sproul this topic is explored

This book is different than others in the CQ series in that it does not deal with a subject that is usually related to Systematic Theology. Instead, it approaches a more philosophical question regarding ethics. Although the title implies that this will result in something of a practical guide, I was disappointed as I read that very little is offered in terms of actual practical advice in developing a Christian conscience. That is not to say that the book is not valuable, only to say that the title is slightly misleading.

The book does a good job of establishing that a conscience that is uniquely formed by Scripture and motivated by the Holy Spirit is necessary, but the back half of the book seems to get bogged down in somewhat fruitless discussion. It explains and refutes antinomianism, legalism, and the idea that all sins are equal in severity. However, as I have said there isn’t much rubber to lay on the road. The book is worthwhile as a read for someone who is looking for an intro primer on Reformed ethics, but will not be of much use to anyone outside of that narrow slice.

Please note: Reformation Trust / Ligonier Ministries has provided me with an electronic version of this book for review purposes, and will be providing me with a hard copy edition in exchange for this review. They do not require positive reviews, nor have they edited or modified this review in any way.