New Ten Commandments

Borrowed from Ebon Musings:

  1. Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.
  2. In all things, strive to cause no harm.
  3. Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect.
  4. Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.
  5. Live life with a sense of joy and wonder.
  6. Always seek to be learning something new.
  7. Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them.
  8. Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.
  9. Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others.
  10. Question everything.

5 thoughts on “New Ten Commandments

  1. Hey Dave,

    Have you seen A.C. Grayling’s go at a secular bible?

    Here’s the ’10 commandments’ (kinda) from that:

    “Love well, seek the good in all things, harm no others, think for yourself, take responsibility, respect nature, do your utmost, be informed, be kind, be courageous.”

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  2. Good one, though many of these are ripped-off from the bible. It seems strange to me that the atheologian has to borrow intellectual capital from the Christian worldview in order to make sense of his own experience.

    As much as fun as it was to point that out, something that should be even more
    embarrassing to the contigent of atheologians here at Atheist Dave is the following:

    #7 says something like check your belief against the *facts* and be ready to discard the belief if is doesn’t conform…(paraphrased). This is a particular view of truth that is quite problematic. Berkeley’s criticism of this view are very helpful as he argues that this theory of truth requires us to access *reality* as it is in itself [and quite apart from our cognitive apprehension of reality] in order to assess whether our thoughts *conform*.

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