I would like to ask you to take a look at my book, “The Words That Created God: An Atheist Reveals the True Meaning of The Ten Commandments.” Please don’t let the title or subject matter put you off. This is a very different sort of book.
I am a writer, editor, and former lawyer with a degree in economics, and I have a very unusual take on this ancient list.
“The Words That Created God” is a short, provocative read on the nature of faith. Not primarily religious faith, but the interpersonal faith human beings must create between each other to make civilization possible—how it is created, how it is lost, why we need it. And why belief in a single God is not the source of this faith, but merely one option it presents, and not always the best one, historically or now.
I use biblical archeology, scriptural criticism, and even an extended allegory—a dialogue with Moses—to look at what the Ten Commandments really mean. The rules of the Ten Commandments should be seen, not as a religious artifact, but as a punch list for the minimum requirements of human society. I want to add, however, that the book is not anti religion in the least, but it reveals the dilemma of monotheism: how belief in a single, omnipotent god often sinks into a cycle of religious orthodoxy that undermines the very faith that religion seeks to foster. And how destructive that can be.
If there is a book that can be insightful, entertaining, and even inspiring, this is it. I hope you will enjoy reading it, and comments are certainly welcome.
I do return reads, of course, and provide comments based on my experience as an editor.