Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America
    • Losing Moses on the Freeway: The 10 Commandments in America (2006) by Chris Hedges

In Losing Moses on the Freeway, Chris Hedges, veteran war correspondent and author of the bestselling War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, delivers an impassioned, eloquent call to heed the wisdom of the 10 Commandments. Celebrated for his courageous reporting on the crucial issues of our time, Hedges, who graduated from seminary at Harvard Divinity School, explores the challenge of living according to these moral precepts we have tried to follow, often unsuccessfully, for the past 6,000 years. The commandments, he writes, do not save us from evil. Instead they save us from committing evil.

Inspired by unyielding faith, rigorous moral scrutiny, and a fierce sense of social responsibility, Hedges offers a breathtaking meditation on modern life. Losing Moses on the Freeway illustrates how the commandments usually choose us — and how we are rarely able to choose them. We cannot protect ourselves from theft, greed, adultery, or envy, nor from the impulses that lead us to commit evil acts. In honoring the commandments, we free ourselves from self-worship and are called back to the healing solidarity of community. It is in the self-sacrifice championed by the commandments that integrity, commitment, and, finally, love are made possible.

Praise for Losing Moses on the Freeway:

"At a time when the mere mention of religion can excite so much passion . . . and discord, Losing Moses on the Freeway offers sane and bracing ways to think about, and rethink, the whole subject of faith." —O, The Oprah Magazine

"Unfailingly well-written, compelling, and disturbing. . .  It's not an easy faith that Hedges describes, and that is the point." The American Prospect

"Hedges' main point is that America is a nation marked by self-satisfaction, false piety, hypocrisy, and covetousness and that its institutions and culture aid and abet these very real failings. . . If you're fed up with the sorry state of things in America today and aren't sure why, Hedges lays it out for you here." Baltimore Sun

"While the title might lead the reader to assume this book has a narrow religious focus, Hedges, a former divinity student, reporter, and war correspondent, brings a broad and secular perspective to a deep examination of the principles of the Ten Commandments. Some core variations of the commandments are widely adapted by most all societies and religions with adherence leading to prosperity, and violation leading to failure. Hedges relates many of his own life experiences to themes associated with the commandments, including service to a poor area of Boston that he began to recognize as essentially self-idolatry. He turns the same sharp eye toward a variety of human experiences touching on elements of the commandments — the family, adultery, theft, envy, greed, and love — in ways that are uncommon and insightful. He asserts that love, reflected in sacrifice, reaffirms life and brings us closer to the mystery, majesty, and power of God. The commandments bind us together and provide guideposts against excessive human temptations. A deeply moving book." Booklist

    • Chris Hedges
    • Chris Hedges, a senior fellow at The Nation Institute, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He was part of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of global terrorism and received the 2002 Amnesty Internati...

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