When David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace wrote the 90's edition of the Book of
Lists (published by Little Brown and Company, 1993) they included of course,
the Ten Commandments. But in which of the book's several categories did the Ten
Commandments belong? Certainly not under the category of People, or Family, or
Crime, or Sports, or Travel. They put them under the category of Advice. Perhaps
there was no other convenient category, but surely all will agree that the Ten
Commandments are more than advice. As Ted Koppell remarked in a speech at Duke
University, they are not the Ten Suggestions.
Yet there are many who do not take those commandments seriously. They say that
of course we'd be better off to follow them but they do not really regard them
as laws. But laws they are: the laws of God. To disobey any one of them is very
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