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67,905. These damn commandments of yours – you say they’ve made life better, I say they have suppressed and tyrannised and bullied. (Command & Ten Commandments) Stephen Fry
12,001. What were the stones that Moses therefore brought down from Sinai but meteorites. (Moses & Ten Commandments) Philip Gardiner, The Ark, The Shroud & Mary, documentary & book
12,029. If you think that it would be impossible to improve upon the Ten Commandments as a statement of morality, you really owe it to yourself to read some other scriptures. Once again, we need look no further than the Jains: Mahavira, the Jain patriarch, surpassed the morality of the Bible with a single sentence: ‘Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.’ Imagine how different our world might be if the Bible contained this as its central precept. Christians have abused, oppressed, enslaved, insulted, tormented, tortured, and killed people in the name of God for centuries, on the basis of a theologically defensible reading of the Bible. (Ten Commandments & Bible & Old Testament & Moses & Jain & Christian & Morality) Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
12,030. You are using your own moral intuitions to authenticate the wisdom of the Bible – and then, in the next moment, you assert that we human beings cannot possibly rely upon our own intuitions to rightly guide us in the world. (Ten Commandments & Bible & Old Testament & Moses & Morality) ibid.
12,005. One man, Moses, is said to have come face to face with an all-powerful supreme being. But the historical evidence of this incident seems to have been blown away by the sands of time. (Moses & Bible & Old Testament & Ten Commandments) Mysteries of the Bible: Moses and Mount Sinai s1e1
12,006. Who was Moses? What happened on Mount Sinai? (Moses & Bible & Old Testament & Ten Commandments) ibid.
12,007. Scholars have long puzzled over the mystery of the burning bush. (Moses & Bible & Old Testament & Ten Commandments) ibid.
12,008. Could there have been a rational explanation for the plagues? (Moses & Bible & Old Testament & Plagues) ibid.
12,009. There remains not a single trace of their passing. Not a footprint, not a shard of pottery, not a scrap of evidence. (Moses & Bible & Old Testament & Israel & Archaeology) ibid.
12,024. Why have the Ten Commandments survived with such impact to the present? (Bible & Old Testament & Moses & Ten Commandments) Mysteries of the Bible: Ten Commandments s4e11
12,025. Moses had not ascended Sinai. (Bible & Old Testament & Moses & Ten Commandments) ibid.
12,026. Archaeologists have failed to find any evidence that an ancient people ever stopped here. (Bible & Old Testament & Moses & Ten Commandments & Archaeology & Israel) ibid.
12,027. How could they worship a golden calf after all they had come to know about God? (Bible & Old Testament & Moses & Ten Commandments & Worship & Idol) ibid.
12,020. The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post, ‘Thou shalt not steal’, ‘Thou shalt not commit adultery’, and ‘Thou shalt not lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment. George Carlin
12,021. No, if we had believed that perjury, murder and theft were all right we would never have got to the feet of Mount Sinai. (Bible & Old Testament & Ten Commandments & Moses) Christopher Hitchens v Alister McGrath, Georgetown University Washington 2007
12,022. The first two or three are entirely about fearing the author of the orders. Entirely about being terrified of someone who you are enjoined to love ... The idea of compulsory love has always struck me as a bit shady. Christopher Hitchens, with Stephen Fry v Catholic Church 2009
12,084. Most of the ten commandments can be found in the Negative Confessions. Christopher Hichens, cited The Bible: A History: Moses & The Law
95,910. Then there is the very salient question of what the commandments do not say. Is it too modern to notice that there is nothing about the protection of children from cruelty, nothing about rape, nothing about slavery, and nothing about genocide? Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great p100
108,584. There are no prohibitions against say slavery or rape or genocide or child abuse in the Ten Commandments … are just about to be forced on people. Christopher Hitchens
12,023. It doesn’t include child abuse, it doesn’t include ‘don’t torture’, It doesn’t include a lot of things – rape – that I think if we were making a list today we would probably include. Bill Maher, Religulous
12,028. Though shalt not kill; but need’st not strive
Officiously to keep alive. Arthur Hugh Clough 1819-61, The Latest Decalogue 1862
120,700. Do not commit adultery commit;
Advantage rarely comes of it. ibid.
120,701. Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat,
When it’s so lucrative to cheat. ibid.
120,702. Thou shalt not covet; but tradition
Approves all forms of competition. ibid.
12,031. Freedom was gone from the world. (Moses & Ten Commandments & Freedom) The Ten Commandments 1956 starring Yul Brynner & Anne Baxter & Charlton Heston & Edward G Robinson & Yvonne De Carlo & Debra Paget & John Derek & Sir Cedric Hardwicke & Vincent Price et al, producer & director Cecil B DeMille, opening commentary
12,032. Every newborn Hebrew manchild shall die. (Moses & Ten Commandments & Hebrew) ibid. Ramesses I
12,033. Is life and bondage better than death? (Moses & Ten Commandments & Slavery) ibid. Joshua
12,034. You’re a sharp-clawed treacherous little peacock. (Moses & Ten Commandments & Insult) ibid. Brynner to Nefretiri
12,035. I do not know what power shapes my way; but my feet are set upon a road that I must follow. (Moses & Ten Commandments) ibid. Moses
12,036. It would take a God – but if I could free them, I would. (Moses & Ten Commandments) ibid. Moses to Pharaoh
12,037. Let the name of Moses be stricken from every book and tablet. (Moses & Ten Commandments) ibid. Pharaoh
12,038. I commend you to your Hebrew God who has no name. (Moses & Ten Commandments) ibid. Yul Brynner
12,039. What gods? You prophets and priests made the gods that you may prey upon the fears of men. (Moses & Ten Commandments & Gods) ibid. Pharaoh
12,040. Ten times you have seen the miracles of the Lord and still you have no faith. (Moses & Ten Commandments & Miracle) ibid. Moses to Israelites
12,041. Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come to me. (Moses & Ten Commandments) ibid. Moses