Over recent years there have been repeated calls to make smacking children a criminal offence in Scotland. Those who argue for this misrepresent a controlled and loving smack as ‘harmful and degrading’. They argue that legislation should therefore be amended to protect children from abuse.
There is much confusion amongst Christians over the role of the moral law. Some raise objections of ‘legalism’, others say ‘love’ has replaced ‘law’. In this excellent booklet, Professor John L. Mackay shows that the moral law still applies and is bound up with God’s glory, his nature, his salvation purposes and with the preservation of ordered life following the Fall.