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Moses: a man of the people?

They’ve been used by religious zealots to justify all sorts of bigotry and intolerance, and modern atheists roundly dismiss them as the rantings of a vain and vengeful god. As Christopher Hitchens put it, who would possibly want to follow the “vague pre-Christian desert morality” of the ten commandments, which show every sign of being invented by a petulant “Bronze Age demagogue”?

Lots of people, argues David Bodanis, if the commandments were properly understood. Far from being…

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