The 10 Commandments for Atheists
(Quote) "The writer, philosopher and pillar of the Fourth Estate, Alain de Botton, has just published a set of 10 commandments for virtuous atheists.
Of course, the doctrinaire and the devout might argue that the term "virtuous atheist" is an oxymoron, but the less zealous among us are surely curious to know more about the (un) Holy Rule of de Botton.
How could he possibly upstage seven stern "Thou Shall Nots", two stirring decrees to Honour our parents and Keep the Sabbath and the thunderous edict to recognise the Lord our God and none others?
Surely the author of Religion for Atheists couldn't better Charlton Heston as Moses in Cecil B DeMille's 1956 classic, The Ten Commandments?
Well, he hasn't bettered him, and nor has he attempted to capture the Biblical cadences that make the original flow satisfyingly. But here's the thing: de Botton has done a marvellous job of summing up what it is to be a nice human being.
Where the Old Testament diktats were a potent form of social control, this manifesto for atheists is a 21st-century guide to pleasant coexistence with which no one could argue - except perhaps Richard Dawkins, because this list is all about the Unselfish Gene." (Unquote)
Here is a link that might be useful: The Story