Sam Harris on “The Ten Commandments”

“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.” — Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

3 thoughts on “Sam Harris on “The Ten Commandments”

  1. Aj Sunday March 11, 2012 / 1:50 am

    How about “Love your neighbor as yourself” Mark 12:30-31


  2. allwyn Sunday March 11, 2012 / 11:18 am

    love the guy and of course dawkins, hitchens and a huge list of comedians too.


  3. am bu Tuesday March 13, 2012 / 7:06 am

    Love your neighbour means ‘Love the Jew neighbour” and it does not mean all humans.

    The phrase is meant for Jews only.


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