ACLU of Kentucky struck down Decalogue
posters at two Kentucky courthouses because the purpose of the displays was to advance a particular religious belief.
is chiefly a list of rules designed to regulate religious and moral behavior.
to be a novel departure from tradition.
The literature cited in Blum's essay on the Decalogue
, for example, was virtually all written by European scholars, and perhaps this selection was made out of a desire to keep the essay focused.
Following the Decalogue
in Exodus, the text states: And they said to Moses: "Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
Even the demand that one not work on the Sabbath, from the Decalogue
itself, is effectively abolised (4:8:2-3), for this had been seen, already before Irenaeus, as an onerous and unacceptable imposition.
However, in the discussion of the relationship of the Decalogue
to its Near Eastern setting, the Negative Confession(s) or Admonition of Maat--Chapter 125 of the Egyptian Book of the Dead--has received little attention.
The Precepts of the Decalogue
and the Problem of Self-Evidence, JAMES JACOBS
The book includes texts both ancient and modern--as old as the Decalogue
(the Ten Commandments) and as new as the Ecumenical Vision Statement adopted by the General Synod in 2004.
For those who found Krzysztof Kieslowski's classic treatment of the Ten Commandments, "The Decalogue
," to be a little light on sex humor, you now have an alternative with "The Ten," an absurd, blasphemous, uneven, infantile and frequently very funny sketch comedy from the guys behind "The State.
The individual authors claim to have assumed apologetic postures in order to both inspire Christians to consider anew the importance of the Decalogue
for everyday life and to challenge the contemporary American refusal to witness--in forms such as public monuments or prayers at football games--to America's debt to the commandments, despite the historic importance of the Jewish-Christian tradition to the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.
remains a fine prescription for societal health--even preventative care in divine-human, familial, and neighborly relations.