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Shattered Tablets: Why We Ignore The Ten Commandments At Our Peril
Is morality based on some essential truth or is it defined by society? In this highly original critique of American social mores and popular culture, David Klinghoffer argues that the Ten Commandments are essential to maintaining a morally healthy society. With the meticulousness of a scholar, he begins by excavating the meaning of the Commandments. Drawing on the millenni ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Doubleday
(first published January 1st 2007)
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Thou shalt not make crappy arguments in God’s Name! Klinghoffer is the rare Jew of the American Religious Right. Even rarer, he lives in Seattle. I would say his observations about liberal Seattle are cute if they weren’t in the service of such a mean-spirited and sunnily intolerant dogma—implying that Hindus and Muslims as idolaters, for e.g. His big claim is that a moral society has to abide by the 10 Commandments, explicated correctly. And by “correctly” he means believing abortion—not war—is ...more
The opinions expressed in this book only make sense if you assume several unsubstantiated givens to be unequivocally true; since I do not ascribe to a lot of those givens, this book held little interest or value for me. I picked up this book because the title posed an interesting question: why should I follow the ten commandments? I was hoping to get some kind of new insight, and for a moment, in between the insulting attitude, bigotry and downright holier-than-thou snobbishness, I thought there ...more
A new look at the 10 commandments as a matrix that I thought was interesting. I liked hearing the commandments described through the perspective of a Jew, using historical rabbinic writings, but I couldn't help thinking not many modern Jews feel the way he does. I do believe that more and more in our country ignore the commandments (at our peril), and don't understand the growing tendency of so many to cast anything religious aside.
This book discusses the ten commandments and their impact on society. The writer, a Jewish journalist, talks about his home city of Seattle, and the ways that his fellow citizens ignore the commandments. He also discusses their wider impact on society. It was interesting to see a Jewish perspective on this topic, and although the author spends some time on culture war topics, he also presents a fresh perspective in other ways.