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Shattered Tablets Shattered Tablets

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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 areessential to maintaining a morally healthy society. With the meticulousness of a scholar, he begins by excavating the meaning of the Commandments. Drawing on the millennia ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published August 21st 2007 by Doubleday Religion (first published January 1st 2007)
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Elliot Ratzman
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
Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 Jody Mena marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
While I only agree with 90% of what the author says in this book, I think the world would do well to try a bit harder to follow the big 10.
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