- Pathfinder

Reply To: Why is it important for Christians to keep the sad history of Christian antisemitism in mind when responding to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the present?

Sarah Victor

I think it is important because of the humility required in how this subject is approached, realizing that the past includes many wrongs: faith twisted to hate and support outright racism. Christianity has often been used to as a banner under which wrong has been justified, and this is even more cruel because wrong is done in the name of God, while acting as if actually doing good by pillaging, killing, discriminating. The past teaches us we need to be careful what theology we believe and how we relate to others as an outflow, not allowing demagogues to dictate how live our lives and hold us under their sway. Also like all prejudice, antisemitism intellectually falls apart: considering the violence often tied to antisemitism, would Christians have killed Jesus if they knew he was Jewish?