Ian Bicking: the old part of his blog

Re: The Tens of Commandments

Excellent! A number of years ago there was an essay over at the Internet Infidels (infidels.org at the time, haven't been there in a while) that compared the 10Cs with the 10 moral precepts of Solon the Athenian, and showed how much closer our system of law is to Solon than any subset of commandments presented by Moses.

I haven't decided yet if this is a lost cause or not. There are just so many stupid, stupid Americans who think that there's some evil atheist conspiracy to remove the 10Cs from our courtrooms, as if they are there by default, without realizing that it's their own evil theist conspiracy to inject them into the courtrooms in the first place.

"The average American is well below average." I forget who said that.

Comment on The Tens of Commandments
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I haven't had a chance to read it, but I assume The Real Ten Commandments is the article you are referring to, and these commandments:

  1. Trust good character more than promises.
  2. Do not speak falsely.
  3. Do good things.
  4. Do not be hasty in making friends, but do not abandon them once made.
  5. Learn to obey before you command.
  6. When giving advice, do not recommend what is most pleasing, but what is most useful.
  7. Make reason your supreme commander.
  8. Do not associate with people who do bad things.
  9. Honor the gods.
  10. Have regard for your parents.
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Yeah, that sounds familiar. I suppose it has less to do with "law" than I remembered.

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