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National competition to create Ten New Commandments for the 21st Century

Open to children and young people: 5-16 years old


The Bible's Ten Commandments have been used for centuries by people of many countries as the fundamental guidelines for living a good life which respects the rights of others and helps everyone to live together. The Commandments cover major causes of conflict between human beings – from envy and greed to theft and murder -- whilst also talking about love and respect for God and others, and their values are still relevant today. 

But what ten rules would you say should govern how we live our lives now? Are there new ideas which need to be added to help us all live together in the 21st century? Or should we say the same things, but in a different way? This year we are celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible and the important ways this Bible has shaped the English language as well as our history and culture. As part of this Anniversary, we are inviting you to tell us what your Ten New Commandments for the 21st Century would be.

The original Ten Commandments were written on tablets of stone, but you can write your Commandments, create them as a Powerpoint slide or in other electronic formats, or draw and decorate them in any way you like. Please send them to or post them to:

10C for 21C Competition
c/o  Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture
Humanities Research Centre
Berrick Saul Building
University of York
York  YO10 5DD

Please include your name, age, date of birth, address and telephone number.

Prizes will be awarded to the best entries in three categories:

  • Group 1 (5-7 yr olds)
  • Group 2 (8-12 year olds)
  • Group 3 (13-16 year olds)

All winners and runners up will have their Commandments published on the Christianity and Culture website.   We have teamed up with HMV Coney Street, York and Blackwells, Heslington to get you closer to the music, film, games and books you love. The winner in each of the age categories will receive £50 worth of vouchers, and there are also runners-up prizes available.

The competition is open to anyone aged 5-16 on 29 June 2011.

The closing date for entries has now been extended to WEDNESDAY 29TH JUNE.

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