Shattered Tablets by David Klinghoffer
Why We Ignore the Ten Commandments at Our Peril

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Is morality based on some essential truth or is it defined by society? In this highly original critique of American social mores and popular culture, David Klinghoffer argues that the Ten Commandments are essential to maintaining a morally healthy society. With the meticulousness of a scholar, he begins by excavating the meaning of the Commandments. Drawing on the millennia-old rabbinical work Mechilta, he explains that the Decalogue was written on two tablets to show that when a country neglects the Commandments written on the first tablet—those having to do with the relationship between God and people—the interpersonal relationships described on the second tablet suffer irreparable damage as well.

Addressing such timely topics as the controversy over public displays of the Commandments and the battles over intelligent design, Klinghoffer demonstrates that Christians and Jews are united in their opposition to the pagan aspects of our culture. In the tradition of Hebrew prophets like Jeremiah and Isaiah, he describes our failings with humor and compassion but also with anger and disappointment. An unusual, incisive perspective on the role of religion in society, Shattered Tablets is sure to spark debate. In the end Klinghoffer argues that by shrugging off the Bible as a guide and turning toward secularism, America has created a crude, cruel, and dishonest national life.

About David Klinghoffer

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David Klinghoffer is the author of the spiritual memoir The Lord Will Gather Me In, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. Formerly the literary editor of National Review, he has contributed articles to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Commentary, and other publications. He lives on Mercer Island, Washington.
Published August 21, 2007 by Image. 256 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Contrary to Mel Brooks's humorous presentation of Moses and the 10 Commandments on film, Klinghoffer (The Lord Will Gather Me In ) does not think these biblical l

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