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Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America

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In Losing Moses on the Freeway, Chris Hedges, veteran war correspondent and author of the bestselling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, delivers an impassioned, eloquent call to heed the wisdom of the 10 Commandments. Celebrated for his courageous reporting on the crucial issues of our time, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, explores the challenge of living according to these moral precepts we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years. The commandments, he writes, do not save us from evil. Instead they save us from committing evil.

Inspired by unyielding faith, rigorous moral scrutiny, and a fierce sense of social responsibility, Hedges offers a breathtaking meditation on modern life. Losing Moses on the Freeway illustrates how the commandments usually choose us — and how we are rarely able to choose them. We cannot protect ourselves from theft, greed, adultery, or envy, nor from the impulses that lead us to commit evil acts. In honoring the commandments, we free ourselves from self-worship and are called back to the healing solidarity of community. It is in the self-sacrifice championed by the commandments that integrity, commitment, and, finally, love are made possible.

Synopsis:

A veteran war correspondent shares examples from his personal life and career to discuss how specific American social groups can benefit from an adherence to the Ten Commandments.

Synopsis:

The 10 Commandments — the laws given to Moses by God — are beyond the scope of human law. They are rules meant to hold us together but, when dishonored, they lead to discord and violence.

In this fierce, articulate narrative, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, looks through the lens of each commandment to examine the moral ruin of American society. With urgency and passion, he challenges readers to take a hard look at the disconnect between their supposed values and the shallow, self-absorbed lives many people actually lead.

Taking examples from his personal life and twenty years of reporting, Hedges explores one commandment at a time, each through a particular social group. With each story, he reveals the universal nature of personal suffering, discovery, and redemption — and explores the laws that we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years.

About the Author

Chris Hedges was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New

York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science

Monitor and National Public Radio. He was a member of the team that won the

2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for The New York Times

coverage of global terrorism, and he received the 2002 Amnesty International

Global Award for Human Rights Journalism. Hedges is the author of the bestseller

American Fascists and National Book Critics Circle finalist for War Is

a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He is a Senior Fellow at The Nation Institute

and a Lannan Literary Fellow and has taught at Columbia University, New York

University and Princeton University.

Table of Contents

1. Mystery — 2. Idols — 3. Lying — 4. The Sabbath — 5. The family — 6. Murder — 7. Adultery — 8. Theft — 9. Envy — 10. Greed — Epilogue. Love.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743274807
Subtitle:
The 10 Commandments in America
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Hedges, Chris
Author:
Chris Hedges
Subject:
Philosophy-Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Moral conditions
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Christianity - Theology - Ethics
Subject:
Christian Theology - Ethics
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Christianity-Church History American
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20060807
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
214.312 x 139.7 x 15.24 mm 221.806 gr

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"Synopsis" by , A veteran war correspondent shares examples from his personal life and career to discuss how specific American social groups can benefit from an adherence to the Ten Commandments.
"Synopsis" by , The 10 Commandments — the laws given to Moses by God — are beyond the scope of human law. They are rules meant to hold us together but, when dishonored, they lead to discord and violence.

In this fierce, articulate narrative, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, looks through the lens of each commandment to examine the moral ruin of American society. With urgency and passion, he challenges readers to take a hard look at the disconnect between their supposed values and the shallow, self-absorbed lives many people actually lead.

Taking examples from his personal life and twenty years of reporting, Hedges explores one commandment at a time, each through a particular social group. With each story, he reveals the universal nature of personal suffering, discovery, and redemption — and explores the laws that we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years.

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