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Depictions of the Ten Commandments abound on Google shopping searches: T-shirts, lawn ornaments, bookends, rings and coffee mugs.
Among their topics are whether the Ten Commandments in the Medieval schools represented conformity or diversity, loving neighbor before God: the First Commandment in early modern lyric poetry, the Ten Commandments and pastoral care in late-Medieval and Early Modern Europe: an inquiry into expectation and outcomes, Latin mnemonic verses combining the Ten Commandments with the Ten Plagues of Egypt transmitted in late Medieval Bohemia, and man and God: the first three commandments in the Polish Catholic catechisms of the 1560s-1570s.
Coveting our neighbor's wife and goods were far from the mind of the very young but adulthood would show just why the Commandments are there.
In order that they may understand and appreciate the basic principles of the American system of government, the people of the United States of America and of the State of Arkansas need to identify the Ten Commandments, one of many sources, as influencing the development of what has become modern law," intoned legislation authorizing placement of a Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol in Little Rock.
In the Old Testament there are two places where the commandments are written -- Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.
The second section includes three reflections on the Decalogue in relationship to contemporary society, treating the law "as gift," examining the relationship between biblical law and the origins of democracy, and asking whether the Ten Commandments should be mounted in the public realm (No, says ethicist Nancy Duff).
The Methodist Church ran a competition to bridge the thousands of years time gap between Moses receiving the original 10 Commandments and now by asking what today's 11th commandment might be.
The second challenged the exhibition of the commandments in two Kentucky courthouses.
Let's quickly examine Dick Denne's assertion that the Ten Commandments are flawed, and seven are un-American.
That said, there are quite a few intellectuals within this very society who, in the face of recent catastrophes (from Srebrenica to Iraq to the explosion of child prostitution fueled by global tourism), question not only the causes of the ethical failure of Western societies but also whether and how the millennia-old standard of the Ten Commandments can still be binding in a culturally, religiously, and ethnically diverse world--Alain Badiou, Judith Butler, and Slavoj Zizek among them.
Last December 13, Judge McKathan began wearing a judicial robe in his courtroom upon which he had the Ten Commandments embroidered in gold lettering.
The court noted that the sheriff had previously been sued about the rules and was given notice that posting the Ten Commandments in any form would violate the Establishment Clause.