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Discussion 3 to the 2nd Commandment
A prohibition against idols serves a political purpose

by Loren Taylor

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I posted this same comment on Convert the Atheist Contest, the place where I found the link to your site.

I think the real significance of the 2nd is lost in this debate. It is simply a directive to the Jews to refine their practice of not depicting their god as a material object.

If we think of a religion as having a political component, then a prohibition against idols serves a political purpose. if an idol or object is revered by a society, then the person(s) in possession of that object holds great power. Jews & Christians are freed from this constraint (in theory), allowing the religions to establish themselves anywhere they can gain enough followers.