Skip To Content

Abstraction of the name william

New Commandments

Biblical Ten Commandments

The 10 commandments come from Exodus 20:1-17. Here is the verse:
And God spoke all these words, saying: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

Although some of the biblical commandments continue as part of today's moral code, it is easy to see that they reflect very different historical, political and social contexts. Some ethical principles seem to be universal while others must evolve or be developed as history unfolds and knowledge grows. For example, in the case of the biblical commandments, the first four may be personally valuable but are irrelevant in a diverse modern secular society and the last one deals with thoughts that are personal and not actions that involve others. To covet something may be a waste of time but it is certainly not a moral offense.

New Ten

The "New Ten" and "Dawkins Four" come from The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins (pgs. 261-262). Dawkins begins by quoting a set of ten commandments from an atheist website and then adds four of his own.

Dawkins Four

It is interesting to compare the preceding with values expressed by "The Affirmation of Humanism: A Statement of Principles" found under the "World View" tab and those defined under "International Bill of Human Rights" found under the "Human Rights" tab. The themes and specifics found in these contemporary documents exhibit considerable overlap and reflect values that are much more appropriate and relevant in today's society than the biblical ten commandments.