The Secular Ten Commandments

A contest to create a crowd-sourced revision of the Ten Commandments for a secular, modern age named its winners last week.

Founded by Lex Bayer and John Figdor, authors of Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart, the contest garnered more than 2,800 entries from 18 countries. The winning entries:

How are these better or worse than the 10 commandments in the bible?

I. Be open-minded and willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.

II. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.

III. The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.

IV. Every person has the right to control over their body.

V. God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.

VI. Be mindful of the consequences of your actions and know that you must take responsibility for them.

VII. Treat others as you would want them to treat you and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated.

VIII. We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.

IX. There is no one right way to live.

X. Leave the world a better place than you found it.

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