survival of the truest

Posted: January 14, 2009 in Theo/Philo
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Here’s a quote from G.K.Chesterton:

So far as a man may be proud of a religion rooted in
humility, I am very proud of my religion; I am especially proud of those parts of it that are most commonly called superstition.

I am proud of being fettered by antiquated
dogmas and enslaved by dead creeds (as my journalistic
friends repeat with so much pertinacity), for I know very well that it is the heretical creeds that are dead, and that it is only the reasonable dogma that lives long enough to be called antiquated.
G. K. Chesterton, from The Autobiography of
G. K. Chesterton (1936)

In an age where Jesus is  repeatedly reinvented and the gospel is presented in the media with, in some cases , breath taking bias ,witness the recent Channel4 program by   Howard Jacobson  called: ‘ Christianity: A  History’.

According to  this  program Christians are  antisemitic as the New testament   is full of anti-Jewish rhetoric, encouraging hatred and antisemitic attitudes.I didn’t recognise anything  in the program that in any way accurately represented Christianity as I have known it .

I found this program  amazing and perplexing , I’ ve been a Christian for over 25 years and have never come across antisemitic attitudes amongst Christians in the UK,or anywhere else I have been.

In fact the situation from my point of view is the exact opposite, for instance  on my bookshelf is a book by Edith  Schaeffer  called ‘Christianity is Jewish’ which expounds on the Jewish  roots of Christianity.

Also I have several journals regarding the Jewishness of Christianity  some authored by, most notably, Dr David H Stern who produced the the Complete Jewish Bible as well as the excellent book ‘Restoring the Jewishness of the Gospel: A message for Christians ( Stern  is part of the Messianic Jewish movement in Israel ).

From the the Times article regarding Jacobsons Program:

‘ “That’s a wonderful way of putting it,” said Dr Karen Maitland, of the Jewish Community of Lincoln, when told by her interviewer (Jacobson) that Christianity’s relationship with Judaism was Oedipal: a younger religion in terror of a cruel parent religion.’

This Oedipal religion  is not the Christianity I have known.In fact a  Pastor in my old church  and good friend is a Jew.

There’s no denying the historic use of the Gospel as a justification ,however tenuous, to antisemtic behaviour on the part of some, but this is not part  of good news Christ brought.

Biblical Christians realise as Paul said that they have been grafted into Israel; Romans 11 :

‘I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.’

Howard why didnt you quote this in scripture in your program ?

  1. Linda Harvey Kelley says:

    For thirty years I read my Greek N.T. and occasionally the Septuagint for my daily devotions, but the last three years I have revelled in the Complete Jewish Bible. Sorry I seem to be too old to learn Hebrew now, but this Bible is so good and rich and deep; I cannot get enough of it! Kavod leElohim! Or should that be Chavod leElohim in English letters?

  2. maxgrace says:

    Excellent blog. I too, and proud of my antiquated faith. I’ve been a Christian, and in ministry, since 1979. I have never heard an anti-Semitic syllable. In fact, quite the opposite is true. The Christians I have known are great supporters of Israel and her people. Thanks for pointing this out.

    Bill Giovannetti

  3. David Severy says:

    Here are some links you might look into:


    “Christian” organizations such as Sabeel and Christian Aid speak openly in favor of a Palestinian homeland and use terms such as an “oppressive Israel regime” and “Israeli Occupation”; Church denominations such as the church in Wales, the Anglican Communion, Methodists and Presbyterians have all spoken of divestment of Israel and support the Palestinian cause to create another state within the confines of the land of Israel. These and many other church organizations, such as the Vineyard, are encouraging governments to negotiate with terrorists to bring about a two state solution, and they do so in the name of peace. They have eagerly moved away from the term anti-semitism and now use the term anti-Zionism. What is the difference? By using the former you can be called a racist and prosecuted but the term anti-Zionism is not perceived in the same way and although it means the same it is, in this current Political climate, “acceptable”.

    BDS MOVEMENT AGAINST ISRAEL GAINING TRACTION IN THE WEST World Council of Churches, other Christian groups support ‘non-violent’ actions

    “This is not divestment from Israel. It’s divestment from companies supporting the occupation,” insisted William Aldrich, head of the divestment task force at the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. “Divestment is meant to make a moral statement.”

The World Council of Churches, which represents 560 million Christians of various denominations, mostly mainline Protestant, has called for “responsible investment and a boycott of settlement products.”


United Methodists Call for Boycott of “products made by Israeli companies operating in occupied Palestinian territories”
    Occupied Palestine, 3 May 2012 – The General Conference of the United Methodist Church decided yesterday to call for an explicit boycott of all Israeli companies “operating in the occupied Palestinian territories,” knowing that this constitutes the absolute majority of Israeli corporations. This and the overwhelming support for the “Kairos Palestine” document and its call “for an end to military occupation and human rights violations through nonviolent actions,” which include boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), will pave the way forward for further action by the Church to hold Israel accountable for its colonial and apartheid regime.


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