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Reply To: Did any of the similarities or differences between Christian and Jewish theology surprise you? If so, which/why?

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Harvest Prude
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Hi Dominic, I’m struck by the clarity of your response and explanation of the basic differences in the paradigm Christians and Jews hold towards their relationship to God. It reminds me of the book (referenced in this course) Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions that lays out how one’s paradigm can blind/prevent people from understanding or incorporating facts or narratives that are outside one’s system of beliefs. Thus, people that have different paradigms towards God, the universe, one’s created purpose, etc., can end up talking past each other and misunderstanding the other, unincorporated paradigm. I wonder how much of the emphasis that Christians place on say, the afterlife, vs the Jewish emphasis placed on honorable living in this present life–can prevent us from fully understanding and appreciating each other’s motivations and worldviews.