As I pondered what book to do for my next cold reading I came across a video series on YouTube about the ten commandments from Prager University and then my eyes fell on one book that I have only partially read – God, No! by Penn Jillette which involves and atheist ten commandments. It began to buzz in my brain that it might be interesting to take on the ten commandments but use three very different perspectives and then add my own commentary. So who are the three people I will be engaging?
Dennis Prager – I am looking at his whole video series on the ten commandments as found on his You tube site. In this case it is not so much reading but watching but Dennis Prager comes from a perspective of Moral law and the Judeo-Christian Ethic. He is a nationally syndicated radio host, author and public speaker and when you hear his voice you usually recognize it because he is a regular voice in a lot of things. He is noted for his opinions of the origins of moral values so his video series reflects this.
Dr. Laura Schlesinger – In particular I am dealing with her book: The Ten Commandments. This is a book she wrote with the help of Jewish Rabbi Stewart Vogel. She has a radio show that is still active on Sirius radio and deals with ethics, morals and relationships. She definitely comes from a more Jewish perspective on the Ten Commandments
Penn Jillette – Penn is the more talkative half of the Penn and Teller, magic and comedy team. He has been involved in many television shows, authored a couple of books and appears a lot on talk shows and news programs as a voice for both atheism and libertarianism. he has a weekly show called Penn’s Sunday School. This is the Cold Reading part of this series in dealing with his book God, No! which is the result in part of Glen Beck asking him to do an atheist ten commandments. The book is basically a fleshing out of those commandments. I have read this book in part but not completely so it is only partially a Cold Reading but will pretty much be a Cold Reading once I get past the third chapter.
My hope is to get some discussion going about morality and its basis with these viewpoints: One Christian, One Jewish and One Atheist. It should be interesting.
Next: Their Introductions.