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      25.01.2001 01:07
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        SEX? Rob Warner is in favour of sex, much to my relief. In his book THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND THE DECLINE OF THE WEST(Kingsway £7.99), he writes: "The Song of Songs (in the Bible) is a glorious erotic masterpiece, celebrating the gift of sexuality." Warner complains that the Church has at times "suffered a monumental distortion in its understanding of sexuality." How true! However, Warner is not in favour of someone stealing your wife or husband. And that is where we come to THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. Warner quotes two Gallup Polls (3/6/96 and 5/7/96 Daily Telegraph). Only 3% said that their peace of mind was better than in the past. 92% felt that standards of behaviour were on the decline. 71% wanted schools to teach religious values. Warner thinks we will all be happier if we study the Ten Commandments, and Jesus's additions to them. How right he is! Some of his thoughts: (1)DON'T STEAL SOMEONE'S WIFE OR HUSBAND. DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT. Warner warns that a betrayed marriage partner suffers deep trauma. Any children involved also suffer great pain. Adultery hurts! Warner worries about the pain caused by sexual morals that are too lax: he worries about the sexual abuse of young children, about 11 year-old girls working the streets, about AIDS, about cervical cancer, about heart-break...... He quotes Erica Jong, author of "The Fear of Flying" and one time champion of sexual liberation: "The great experiment of my generation...never worked... We renounced the idea of sexual freedom because it doesn't work." (2)DON'T KILL. TURN THE OTHER CHEEK. DON'T FEEL ANGER AND BITTERNESS. Warner is not in favour of you being killed. Warner quite rightly condemns the Crusades and the World War II bombing of Dresden and Hiroshima. He attacks the "addle-brained generals" in World War I who "turn
        ed a generation of Europeans into cannon fodder." Warner believes, wisely, that some of the leaders who WIN wars should face War Crimes trials. He attacks Baroness Thatcher over the sinking of the Belgrano. He attacks the ARMS TRADE, pointing out that poor countries spend £83 billion per year on arms, the majority coming from Britain, the USA and France. Just 12% of this massive sum "would provide clean water for all, end severe malnutrition, and immunise every child against the most infectious diseases." He attacks the entertainment industry, pointing out that "those who feast on unlawful killing in the imagination become DESENSITISED.... In one grisly case, a 14 year-old British boy used a 9 inch bread knife to try to cut off the head of a woman... At his trial he explained that he was obsessed wiyth the move The ********." Warner is opposed to some abortions. he gives the arguments for and against. He writes, "As many American babies are exterminated every 4 years as the total population of Denmark... Medical research was presented to MPs in July 1996...showing...that long before birth a baby IS CAPABLE OF EXPERIENCING PAIN... "In the 'partial birth' method, the infant is partly born and then the skull is pierced and a tube inserted through which the brains are sucked out until the head collapses... "A second technique... small forcepts are introduced... the baby is torn limb from limb... "Not a single drop of anaesthetic is provided... "The suction method... the suction apparatus tears apart the baby..." One in four British women aged 16-24 has had an abortion. Warner believes there would be less pain and suffering if we took more seriously the 6th commandment: don't kill. (3) DON'T STEAL. Before the 1920's, fewer than 100,000 offences were recorded annually in en
        gland and wales. By 1950 there were 500,000 offences per year. By 1980 there were 2,500,000 offences per year. By 1993 there were 5,700,000 offences per year. By 1993 one in three men had been convicted of a crime by the age of 31. Yet the number of crimes resulting in a conviction or a caution was estimated at 3%. So, argues Warner, there is a growing amount of stealing. When your car is broken into or your mobile phone gets nicked, it is painful! Yes, he is right! Theft takes many forms. 80% of single parents receive no MAINTENANCE from their former partners, writes Warner. Ecological theft? Warner writes, "The BSE crisis has been provoked by our violation of the natural order for reasons of greed... In 1989 the British Government banned the use of meat and bone meal...in any feed manufactured for cattle." BUT, as Warner relates,, after that ban, British companies promptly increased their exports of the banned feed to France, germany and Israel. LOW PAY? The percentage of the workforce in low-paid jobs is an average of 10-15% in industrialised countries, but 20% in Britain and 25% in the USA. Warner attacks the greed of the bosses who pay low wages to the underclass. He points out that 358 billionaires own half the world. Is it theft when a multi-national company pays slave wages to its Third World workers? (4) DON'T TELL LIES ABOUT PEOPLE. Maradonna palmed the ball into the net in the World Cup match between Argentina and England. How many people lied about this? Warner is horrified by the lies of the politicians..... I won't go on and on. Warner believes that the The Ten Commandments, "a snapshot of ancient morality or a primitive ethicist's life work", are ignored by us at our peril. Warner admits that religion has often been a spur to greater immorality, notably in religious wars, and that some believers
        demonstrate "a sheen of hypocrisy, sectarianism, and negativity." But, Warner believes in God. Warner discusses the arguments for God, the argument from morality, the argument from design, the argument from cause and effect, and the argument from spirituality, but sees these as pointers not proofs. He believes that God reveals himself in life. He opposes relativism. "Relativism asserts that there is no such thing as absolute truth. But in making that statement, relativism promotes itself as the definitive, absolute truth." He believes that we should try to see the selfishness within ourselves. Finally, Warner mentions that prophets who expose THE HYPOCRISY OF THE RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL LEADERS of the day tend to get thrown over cliffs or crucified. In conclusion, this USEFUL book reminds us of the value of parts of the ancient moral codes. I agree with Moses and Budha that it is undesirable to kill, steal and tell lies. I like the way that Warner attacks the hypocrisy of our leaders. I like the examples he gives to illustrate how people break the commandments. A great book. (I don't agree with all the parts of his particular brand of theology , as I believe in reincarnation, and his other books suggest that he does not.)

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        For books concerning the history and tenets of Judaism.