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moobu2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-13-08 10:21 AM
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14. From the page you quoted from (with a link)
A link to that page with some other writings. Obviously, the author believes that the roots of the anti-Semitism, which manifested itself as the Holocaust, had its roots firmly based in Christianity (probably can be traced to Paul).

In the earliest days of Christianity, St. John Chrysostom, frustrated by the Jews' refusal to convert, called them the most miserable of men. The great theologian, Martin Luther, encountering the same steadfastness, declared: "Their synagogues should be set on fire ... their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed ... let us drive them out of the country for all time."

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"Antisemitism" is a modern word, first coined in 1879 in connection with the contemporary pseudoscientific racial theory, but it also refers to a phenomenon with ancient roots. Stripped of modern racist overtones, Antisemitism is the heir of an anti-Judaism as old as Western Christianity. Behind the Antisemitism that played so large a role in Hitler's thinking and program lies a long and well documented history of Jew-hatred developed and nurtured by the Church.

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The Christian church, as represented by the surviving writings of its leaders, began before it was a century old to produce a systematic anti- Jewish teaching tied directly to its own theological affirmations. By the second century of the Common Era, a consistent theological rationale for disdain of Jews and contempt for Judaism had been developed and was to mark the whole course of Western civilization. As the Church became ever more politically powerful, beginning in the fourth century, theory was increasingly put into practice. Jews lost their favored status under Roman law, and a pattern of discrimination and harassment was set in motion, leading to the ghetto, physical expulsions, and pogroms. Hitler's "Final Solution to the Jewish Question" marked a radical new step, but it was a step on a road prepared by the Christian church. The failure of the Church to mount any serious resistance to Hitler's program becomes more understandable, if not excusable, when the theological roots of Antisemitism are understood.



Once Martin Luther realized that his life long ambition to convert the Jews to Christianity had failed, he wrote what was 'final solution' (About the Jews and Their Lies) which the Nazi's put into action. The Holocaust, could not, and would not have occurred, without the long history of institutional anti-Semitism which is Christianitys history. Youd have to be willfully ignorant not to see that..
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