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Reply To: How can you work to combat antisemitism and supersessionism in your own Christian community?

Holly Bayly

This is something I never heard of until after the events of 7 October when, shockingly, at least two of the traditional catholic influencers I listen to (for years) have made several podcasts commenting on the state of Israel and the world today and both cite this idea of supersession as a reason we as catholics cannot support a state of Israel (because they lost rights when they didn’t recognize Jesus). I’ve been a catholic for 10 years and I’ve never heard this argument. I suppose I received my opinion from my father who talked to me about Jews when I was a child. I remember he told me they were God’s chosen people and that we should support them because God loves them. Maybe this simplistic explanation from a “regular guy” to a child is the clearest. What am I doing now? I have begun to compile the points of arguments from these popular catholic influencers and would like to create a counter argument based on text references I learned in this course as well as others I’m finding on my own. I really would like to know, through my own investigation, to understand how supersessionism has made its way into mainstream thought. I would like to engage these commentators on their platforms and speak about it with some type of authority. I am open to receiving any other ideas. I feel very strongly about this.