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The World's Religions - Chapter VI, Judaism, Meaning in Morality, Summary & Analysis

Huston Smith
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Chapter VI, Judaism, Meaning in Morality, Summary and Analysis

Judaism establishes the need for moral restraints in the danger zones of human existence: force, wealth, sex, and speech. These things are well contained in the animal world, but in man, they present serious social problems. Left unrestrained, any one of the four can tear the very fabric of society. The Ten Commandments established minimum guidelines for ordering proper restraint. These commandments established ethical dimensions in a universal proportion and over three thousand years later continue to be a relevant moral guideline for the world.

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