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Shattered Tablets: Why We Ignore the Ten Commandments at Our Peril Hardcover – August 21, 2007
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“Few writers on religion are as fearless as [David] Klinghoffer.” —Esther Schor, Times Literary Supplement
“Klinghoffer’s frank conviction lends his material urgency and narrative verve.” —Mark Oppenheimer, Washington Post Book World
Praise for The Discovery of God
“Exhilarating . . . Stories that are not only beautiful but edifying.” —Noah Millman, Commentary
“I was simply bowled over by the beauty of David Klinghoffer’s prose and the lucidity of his expression. A fantastic achievement.” —William F. Buckley, Jr.
“Electrifying and immensely important. Klinghoffer presents the most effective possible case for the idea that the traditional believers are right in their approach to the Bible.” —Michael Medved
Praise for The Lord Will Gather Me In
“An arresting spiritual autobiography . . . David Klinghoffer has issued a prophetic challenge.” —Mark Silk, New York Times Book Review
“A fascinating, admirable, honest and honorable book.” —Cynthia Ozick
Top Customer Reviews
For example, in his treatment of the Second Commandment prohibiting idolatry, Klinghoffer takes the reader on a theological tour de force through impressive discussions of "American style" idolatry, Christian tolerance versus pagan tolerance, American polytheism and cultural relativism, all culminating in the ultimate manifestation of the "little 'god' that lurks within the self." And that is just the second chapter!
Although he warns his readers early on of his "intent to measure in the book. . . .the ideological view that would enshrine materialism as the official quasi-religion of American culture and government," I wondered if Klinghoffer had suspected that his research would lead him to so many examples of outrageous behavior, grotesque beliefs, and twisted values. I am still recovering from learning that the U.S. armed forces recognize Wicca (a type of witchcraft and paganism) as an official religion.
For Klinghoffer and others, the Ten Commandments are more than a historical theory. They are a true, living blueprint of what we should and should not do, think and expect. It is not a list of suggestions but theological certainties that are as unassailable as the law of gravity. Stepping off the moral precipice of the Decalogue has the same sure consequences (individually and to civilization) as stepping off the edge of the roof of a building.
"Shattered Tablets" is beautifully written, well-researched and well-reasoned. It is an important contribution and is highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good read.Eye opening,and informative.More true today than when it was written.If you want to know where we are heading as a country read this book.Published on August 4, 2012 by David L
This book really made me sit back and strongly consider myself in the light of the 10 Commandments. Looking at the world status today, the concept in this book along with Bible, I... Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by pam
Klinghoffer's Shattered Tablets book could have been written 100 yrs ago or 200 yrs ago. Ever read a sermon by Jonathan Edwards, the Great Awakening preacher of the 18th century? Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by Jennifer Smith
People in the Northwest have a reputation for being courteous - and bland. In spite of that fame, David Klinghoffer has no trouble finding local examples of how moral ignorance... Read morePublished on January 29, 2008 by Fr Phillip Bloom
In the final paragraphs of 'Shattered Tablets,' Klinghoffer compares Seattle and, by extension, modern secular society to the 'Wayward Cities' referenced in Deuteronomy. Read morePublished on December 20, 2007 by Joseph Bourque