Biblical laws and themes
The Ten Commandments: Many
topics, viewpoints & interpretations
- "Only 68 of 200 Anglican priests polled could name all
Ten Commandments, but half said they believed in space aliens." 1
- "Concerning the Ten Commandments in
courthouses and legislatures: You cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal,' 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and
'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of
lawyers, judges and politicians...It creates a hostile work environment." 2
We apologize to anyone who is offended by
either of the above quotations. We simply couldn't resist posting them.
About the Ten Commandments:
This section deals with the Ten Commandments (a.k.a. Decalogue) which
appears in three separate locations in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). These have historically been accepted by Judaism, Christianity and Islam as a summary of
the most important rules of behavior that God expects of humanity.
There is considerable debate in the U.S. whether the
Decalogue should be posted in public schools, public parks, government offices,
etc, and under which circumstances posting is constitutional.
Topics covered in this section:
About the Ten Commandments
Problems relating to the display of the Ten Commandments in public
schools, public parks, etc.
Related essays on this web site:
Internet sites featuring images of the Ten Commandments:
||A simplified version of the Ten Commandments, in the form of a bumper
sticker, was once available at:
http://www.well.com/ It paraphrases a saying by Jesus. However, it is no longer on this site. It would make a great bumper sticker for another vendor to sell to the public:|
|P.N. Benware, "Survey of the Old Testament", Moody Press, Chicago IL,
(1993) Read reviews or
order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store|
||George A. Buttrick & Charles M. Laymon, Editor, The Interpreter's One-Volume Commentary on the Bible,
Abingdon Press, Nashville TN (1971), Pages 53 to 55 & 122. Read
reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store|
|John Shelby Spong, "Beyond Moralism: A Contemporary view of the
Ten Commandments," Saint Johann Press, (2000). Read
reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store |
||Alan M. Dershowitz, "Ten Commandments Aren't Gun Control Politics:
Religion isn't a constitutionally acceptable alternative," Los Angeles Times,
1999-JUN-20.It was once on the Los Angeles Times web site, and in many dozens of other locations on the Internet, but has been deleted from all of them.|
|J.S. Spong, "Why Christianity must change or die," Harper Collins
(1998), Page 154. Read
over 70 reviews or
order this book|
|"Misreading Moses: Why the Ten Commandments are out of Style,"
Christian Week, editorial, 1997-MAR-4. http://www.christianweek.org/|
|Yahoo has hyperlinks to over 10 essays on the Decalog at:
|Ronald Youngblood, "Counting the Ten Commandments,"
Biblical Review, 1994-DEC. See: http://www.bib-arch.org/|
|"Promote the Ten Commandments," is a pro-life web site that
supplies many essays about the Decalogue from a conservative Christian
viewpoint: why they should be displayed, latest news, what does the
Bible say, etc. The web site advertises many products for sale: T-shirts, bumper stickers,
car magnets, decals, etc. See:
Books on the Ten Commandments:
- Randy Cassingham, This is True, 1997-FEB-02, at:
http://www.thisistrue.com/ It is based on a UPI article. The full UPI quotation is:
"A survey of Anglican vicars in Britain found that while some don't
believe in heaven, more than half believe in life on other planets.
Worse, only 68 of the 200 surveyed could name all 10 of the Bible's Ten
Commandments. The only two that were almost universally remembered were
the ones about adultery and coveting thy neighbor's wife; both are no-nos."
Although the quotation may seem shocking, being asked to recite each and
every commandment is a challenging question.
- From an unsolicited Email, 2008-MAR-04.
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