I’m sure it’s occurred to many people that the Ten Commandments are honoured far more in the breach than in the observance. And understand, I’m giving all non-Christians and non-Jews a pass on this. If you do not profess a faith that in some way partakes of the dubious wisdom of the Pentateuch, it only makes sense that you would ignore the Ten Commandments. I mean, you probably still think that killing people isn’t such a great idea, but the other nine are likely more negotiable.
It’s just that it often seems to me that those who most loudly talk about the Ten Commandments seem to have a great deal of trouble understanding them – and even more trouble obeying them. But this doesn’t stop them from wanting to shove the Commandments down everyone else’s throats. Methinks they doth profess too much.
Starting tomorrow, and for the next nine weeks, I’ll be providing annotated versions of the Ten Commandments, each of them expanded to include the many, many apparent caveats, exceptions and loopholes that the Commandments seem to possess in actual practice. It should be a lot of fun (unless you’re a member of one of the relevant faiths, in which case, no, I’m sorry, it won’t be very much fun at all).
This work is dedicated to the two organisations that have done the most to inspire it: the Catholic Church of Rome, Italy, and the Republican Party of Washington, USA.
Despite what you may have heard from Robert Asprin’s press agent, there was a shared-world anthology that predated Thieves World by several hundred years. (It also outsold it not inconsiderably, although as in the case of Dan Brown, it should be remembered that popularity is not the same thing as literary merit.)
It meets all the criteria: it is the work of multiple authors all working within the premises of a single setting, published in a unified form.
It is, as the title has already spoiled for the more alert reader, The Bible. But, considered this way, the question must needs be asked: is it any good?