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Antisemitism, Christian Doctrine and the Species

Posted by sigismund on August 17, 2010, at 20:24:58

If I were a lawyer sitting in on the kind of theology that was current 40 years ago, I'd be inclined to take legal action for the whipping up of hatred.
You all know the story.
(This will be a challenge under the civility rules.)
The Jews, blessed with a special relationship with God were so bad for so long that God eventually sent His Son, whom the Jews then killed, at which point God extended his covenant to the whole world to have everlasting life, as long as they believed in Him.
(Complete failure. There's nothing civil about it. It's the best I can do.)

The manner in which certain ideas have unintended consequences is a particular interest of mine.
So I've been reading "The Crucified Jew. Twenty Centuries of Christian Anti-Semitism" by Dan Cohn-Sherbok, which I came across cleaning up.

The theology mentioned was so obscure and arcane, things we know nothing of today, and the judgments so of their time, that I found myself wondering what sanity meant and whether history is a record of mass psychosis.




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