Room for Comments

Room for Comments September 23, 2013

I really like this cartoon. I can well imagine someone responding by asserting that the ten commandments are definitive and leave no room for discussion or comments. But that simply isn’t true, and it has never been true historically. Even in the texts in which we find the ten commandments embedded (in a variety of forms), there are additional passages that interpret, clarify, and otherwise discuss the things that those commandments articulate. And of course, there is also the Mishnah, and the Talmud, and the teaching of Jesus, to name just a few of the ongoing string of “comments” in later times.

Fortunately most of the comments left at the “bottom” of the ten commandments have not been as inane or as vitriolic as the typical comments section at the bottom of a modern article.

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  • Go_4_tli

    One might point out some of the ideas just after Exodus 20 that say things like (paraphrasing) “It’s okay to beat your slave, as long as they get back up after a day or two”. Would those be considered “comments”?

  • And neither could Mel Brooks, resist commenting and then deleting five of the ‘Fifteen Commandments’ as he did hilariously in this YouTube clip from “History of the World, Part 1.”

  • The problem is that if we believe in an objective morality, there is always going to be basic principles such as “one should alleviate and avoid pain” for which quite a few humans would retort: “are comments allowed?”

    The philosopher Moore believed it was a general problem for the justification of morality: no matter what the principle or law, there always seems to be an “open question”.

    Friendly greetings from Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son