Dennis Prager & Sam Harris debate religion

In This Video: Dennis Prager is a Jewish radio personality. Sam Harris is an agnostic-atheist philosopher, author of the book “The End of Faith.”

Dobbie’s Comments: [01:40] Prager says the Ten Commandments don’t require the death penalty for those who violate the sabbath. But Harris says it does, in another list in the Bible. Prager says, no, it isn't in any list.

Okay, Prager. But Exodus 31 does command the death penalty: 14 Observe the Sabbath, because it is holy to you. Anyone who desecrates it is to be put to death; those who do any work on that day must be cut off from their people. 15 For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death. ... 18 When the LORD finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God.

God said it when Moses received the Commandments; it's a supplement to "remember the sabbath." On a technicality, Prager says it isn't “in any list”! But I say a list hasn’t anything to do with it! It's easy--in Exodus 20, the Ten Commandments; in Exodus 31, the command to kill those who violate the sabbath. The one goes with the other. “It’s not in any list”--tricky rhetoric!

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1 comment:

tryblinking said...

surely by his logic, the entire of the Ten Commandments can be dismissed, as only for use in a 'time of war'.
He goes on about religion 'seeing' two atrocities for what they were, but neglects the inquisition, witch trial, the crusades, slavery in general. Ask the Black slaves up to last century even, if they were treated like 'bonded servants' or beaten sub-humans.

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