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 serious business.