Here comes the next in a long, long line of atheists that have taken it upon themselves to emulate, simulate, beg, borrow, steal and plagiarize the Bible via authoring the a new set of ten commandments.
It can only be due to the unfathomable level of biblical illiteracy that Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Dan Barker, et al are seen by so many as Bible expositors and, as it were, the infallible interpreters.
Well in keeping with defining “atheism” as anti-theism Christopher Hitchens—who fancies himself to be an “anti-theist”—proposes the new commandments.
Various Scholars (continued): Jewish scholar Jacob Z. Lauterbach: Jacob Z. Lauterbach; was the complete Jewish scholar, he embodied almost every important phase of European Jewish learning, he was primarily a Talmudist. We quote from the section of his book Rabbinic Essays, entitled Halakah Does Not Hesitate to Abolish Biblical Laws.
In the Bible there is no text unanimously understood to affirm explicitly the eternity or non-abrogability of the Torah; However, many laws of the Torah are accompanied by phrases such as, 'an everlasting injunction through your generations' (Lev. 3:17, et al.)_.the Rabbis taught that the Torah would continue to exist in the world to come (e.g. Eccles. R. 2:1), although some of them were of the opinion that innovations would be made in the messianic era (e.g. Gen. R. 98:9; Lev. R. 9:7)_.
There is a contention between Judaism and Christianity as to whether the Messiah will institute new commandments; a new covenant. Let us explore this question.
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: From the Talmud
Part 3: From Midrash Rabbah and From Various Other Midrashim
Part 4: Various Scholars
Part 5: Various Scholars (continued)
Part 6: Various Scholars (continued)
Part 7: Various Scholars (concluded)
Examples of those who firmly oppose the new commandments / covenant view are as follows:
It is true; Jews as individuals, never had to keep 613 commandments. Please do not make the mistake of asking a Jewish person if they keep the 613 commandments. But were there not 613 commandment for the Jews to keep? Yes however, some of the 613 were just for priests, some just for kings, some just for certain tribes, some just for men and others just for women.
True Freethinker previously considered Christopher Hitchens' bio-chemical-gray-matter-secretions which he gave voice to as part of the Royal Ontario Museum's lecture series on the question of the Decalogue - the Ten Commandments. We will now consider Camille Paglia's lecture.1
True Freethinker has posted much on Christopher Hitchens and focused on his theological misconceptions. Now, another piece of the Hitchensian puzzle falls into place as he lectured at the Royal Ontario Museum on the question of the Decalogue – the Ten Commandments. Christopher Hitchens’ is an adherent of the atheism as anti-theism sect of atheist activism.
The New Atheists claim that atheism is holier than theism. Dan Barker, of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, declared that "Darwin has bequeathed what is good." Being hard a work concocting a neo non-religious religion Professor Richard Dawkins has thus bequeathed "The New Ten Commandments."1
1. Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2006), pp. 263-264