Why the Ten Commandments are for atheists, too The First Commandment There is a natural divide between the first three and the last seven commandments. While seven through ten take aim at how people should treat each other, the first three are much more concerned with humanity's relationship with God. Because of this, these are commandments that atheists and agnostics would typically have little interest in. However, after some reflection (even prayer), it becomes clear that these three can help lead anyone, believer or nonbeliever, in a positive direction. Let's have a look... I, the Lord, am your God … You shall not have other gods besides me. I live in Wilmington, Delaware. About ten years ago, there was a frightening pattern of violence in our city that had been sparked by drug deals and territorial strife. I opened the newspaper one Sunday and read an interview with a terribly depressed woman who had lost several of her relatives to the violence.
Why the Ten Commandments are for atheists, too The Second Commandment: You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours." -Eric Idle Words matter. A man is hanging a picture. His hand slips and his finger shifts in front of the hammer. Instead of hitting the nail, he hits his thumb. “ Jesus Christ!” he shouts. He could have said a lot worse. I have actually had this discussion with nonbelievers who see absolutely no reason why they should refrain from using such expressions. Their attitudes usually soften when I point out that such language might offend people. They also usually concede that such expressions should not be used around children. But can we look beyond expressions of anger or surprise? A friend of mine who is a Catholic priest would routinely use expressions wi
10. In the Bedroom - 2001 Directed by Todd Field This fantastic film takes viewers into the home of the parents of a young man named Frank who was murdered by his girlfriend’s ex-husband. As the killer walks free due to lack of evidence, the parents (beautifully played by Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson) agonize over how to move on with their lives. As they become alienated from the world and from each other, Frank’s father contemplates taking matters into his own hands to achieve justice. The film is an emotional roller coaster, devoid of any macho Hollywood posturing and gratuitous violence. In the Bedroom leaves viewers in a tortured state, wondering how far one should go to get justice, and whether the pain of loss can ever be alleviated. 9. Minority Report - 2002 Directed by Steven Spielberg More than any entry on this list, Minority Report begs that classic moral question of fate versus free will. In a world in