David Bodanis, argues The Ten Commandments underpin the whole of Western history, have shaped our fundamental habits - from sexual guilt to the concept of weekends - and are as relevant today as when they first tumbled down the mountainside.

To create an assembly kit for a new civilization, in just ten simple steps, would seem hard enough. To have it last for three millennia, and shape the life of half our planet’s population, means we should take them seriously.

David Bodanis is a futurist, historian, scientist, business advisor and prize-winning author.

This secular sermon took place on Sunday 11 July 2010 at Conway Hall.

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