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Discussion 6 to Reflections on Ethics 35
The 10 Commandments

by Julie DiMauro

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Not only is Mr. DeLucchi's list of the Commandments out of order, but he's also missed a whole Commandment ("Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,") and duplicated another ("You will not lie," and "You will not bear false witness.")

If we can't even keep track of the Commandments, how much harder must it be to fulfill them all?

Of course, I suspect that arguing the issue further may well be in vain because it seems Mr. DeLucchi would prefer to reassert his point of view rather than argue any of the valid points brought up in opposition.

However, if he, or anyone else, desires to make an actual debate, then I'll here list the points that must be addressed:

  1. Mr. DeLucchi (or anyone else) still has yet to provide evidence that Mr. Tyrrell's argument (that there is little moral value within the Ten Commandments) is not sound. That is, one can say that our current society is decadent, but can one form an argument showing that complete adherence to all Ten Commandments would necessarily form a more beneficial society? Would it prevent all immorality?

    A man could, for example, still rape his wife and beat his children every day, but still -- supposing he were able to prevent himself from coveting, and any other psychologically-based sins -- be an adherent to all Ten Commandments. In Reflection 6, Mr. Tyrrell has already offered a good example of how honouring one's parents over everyone else may not necessarily be moral.

  2. Mr. DeLucchi has asserted that self discipline is all that is necessary to obey the Commandments against covetousness and adultery (which Jesus would later redefine as even having committed adultery "in one's heart" -- that is, lustful thoughts.) With self discipline, one can learn to ignore such thoughts and desires, but one can never stop having them all together. Mr. DeLucchi (or anyone else) has yet to explain how thought policing, an impossible task, promotes morality.

  3. There is also the point that other Christians were, in fact, the ones who made the assertion that human imperfection prevent complete adherence to the Ten Commandments.

So, rather than regurgitating his same baseless claims to us, Mr. DeLucchi (or, again, anyone else) should be trying to convince the Christians who made the claim.