Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America

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Simon and Schuster, 2005 - Philosophy - 206 pages
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The 10 Commandments -- the laws given to Moses by God -- are beyond the scope of human law. They are rules meant to hold us together but, when dishonored, they lead to discord and violence.

In this fierce, articulate narrative, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, looks through the lens of each commandment to examine the moral ruin of American society. With urgency and passion, he challenges readers to take a hard look at the disconnect between their supposed values and the shallow, self-absorbed lives many people actually lead.

Taking examples from his personal life and twenty years of reporting, Hedges explores one commandment at a time, each through a particular social group. With each story, he reveals the universal nature of personal suffering, discovery, and redemption -- and explores the laws that we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years.

 

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The Ten Commandments of the Hebrew Bible--often viewed as basic rules for living--are frequently violated in American life, argues New York Times reporter Hedges, whose War Is a Force That Gives Us ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
MYSTERY
9
IDOLS
39
LYING
53
THE SABBATH
67
THE FAMILY
81
MURDER
101
ADULTERY
115
ENVY
145
GREED
157
LOVE
171
Notes
177
Bibliography
181
Acknowledgments
193
Index
197
Copyright

THEFT
129

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Chris Hedges, a staff member of the "New York Times" since 1990, is the author of "Losing Moses on the Freeway" and "What Every Person Should Know About War".

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