After the Evil: Christianity and Judaism in the Shadow of by Richard Harries

By Richard Harries

The evil of the holocaust calls for a thorough reconsider of the conventional Christian figuring out of Judaism. this doesn't suggest jettisoning Christianity's private convictions with the intention to make it comply with Judaism. really, Richard Harries develops the paintings of contemporary Jewish scholarship to determine resonances among critical Christian and Jewish beliefs.

This thought-provoking ebook bargains clean ways to contentious and delicate concerns. A key bankruptcy at the nature of forgiveness is sympathetic to the Jewish cost that Christians speak a lot too simply approximately forgiveness. one other bankruptcy on ache in Judaism and Christianity rejects the standard stereotypes and argues for very important universal floor, for instance within the concept that God suffers within the soreness of his humans. There also are chapters at the country of Israel and where of Jerusalem in Christian and Jewish thought.

Richard Harries argues that the fundamental covenant isn't with both Judaism or Christianity yet with humanity. those, like different religions, are diversified, distinct voices in line with God's primal confirmation of human lifestyles, which for Christians is completed and given within the lifestyles, demise, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In the sunshine of this the writer maintains--controversially --that Christians shouldn't be attempting to convert Jews to Christianity. really Jews and Christians should still stand jointly and construct at the large amount they've got in universal to interact for a greater global.

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Actions have consequences: and wrong actions have destructive consequences. They cause harm, bring about suffering. At a general level the suffering of people in the former Yugoslavia as a result of the fighting, as in all wars, is the result of human sin. The suffering of so many children as a result of family disharmony and breakup is the consequence of sin. The fact that it is the poor who suffer throughout the world again is a result of sin, as expressed and maintained through unjust economic systems and political regimes.

These factors combine to suggest that from a historical point of view there was indeed something uniquely evil about the Shoah. For twenty years or so after the Holocaust there was a stunned, appalled theological silence. The enormity of what had happened could not be registered in ordinary theological terms and indeed the very attempt to do this seemed an act of gross insensitivity. Nevertheless, in the course of time there were those who began to put forward again some of the traditional ‘answers’ to the problem of evil and human suffering.

One way of doing this would be to adopt a total relativism, to say that it is simply impossible to choose between one religion and another. But truth matters both to 35 Marcus Braybrooke, Children of One God: A History of the Council of Christians and Jews (Vallentine Mitchell, 1991). 22 THE UNSPEAKABLE EVIL the Jewish partners in the dialogue and the Christian ones. Nor is it possible to overcome supersessionism by maintaining that all religions are really saying the same thing and therefore it doesn't matter which one we belong to.

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