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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?

Kari McDowell

Miriam, this is so true. Some of the greatest figures in church history (St. Augustine, Martin Luther…) are also the most notorious anti-Semites. In order to move past this history of anti-Semitism, it is important to acknowledge this and be willing to view our spiritual ancestors in a balanced way, appreciating their contributions as appropriate, but rejecting their anti-Semitism. I also totally agree that Christian anti-Semitism caused, or was at least one factor in causing, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Praying for wisdom as you seek to learn how to best engage this conflict in your context!