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This near-pathological hatred is based on a wildly untrue, ignorant and perverse reading of the Hebrew Bible as a handbook of genocide, enslavement, world domination and racial exclusivism — whereas it is actually the origin of the doctrine of loving your neighbour as yourself and laying down codes of behaviour that put the interests of others first.

This surely gets at the reason for this hatred. For in order to protect others, the moral laws of the Hebrew Bible put chains on the human appetite. They put constraints on individual behaviour in order to benefit the community. and the first commandment of the secular cultural revolution is to remove all constraints on the individual, whose own wants and desires and feelings are now deemed to trump all external rules.

Ideologies inescapably destroy reason because they reshape reality, which has to be made to fit the governing idea. Factual evidence or logic are therefore an impediment to ideology, and without those there can be no exercise of reason.

It is a remarkable fact that every secular millenarian ideology that forms today’s orthodoxy and that distorts or denies truth, reality or Western morality is innately hostile to Jewish values, the Jewish people or the State of Israel. Anti-capitalism involves the belief that the Jews are behind capitalism. Anti-Americanism involves that belief plus the belief that the Jews control American foreign policy in their own interests. Egalitarianism involves denying the responsibility for individual behaviour laid down in the Mosaic laws. Multiculturalism denies the superiority of society based on those laws over societies that are not. Environmentalism attacks the account in the Book of Genesis of the formation of the world, in which the “dominion” of mankind over the earth is deemed to be an example of divine imperialism or colonialism which must be destroyed by removing man from his position at the pinnacle of creation and substituting the natural world itself in his place. Scientism, or the belief that materialism is the explanation for everything including the origin of the universe, denies the Biblical belief that the origin of all matter lies beyond matter. And anti-Zionism is of course the denial of the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in their ancestral homeland.

From man-made global warming to Israel, from US foreign policy to the origin of the universe, the West has replaced truth by ideology. Now, the West is itself facing an external enemy from aggressive jihadi Islamism. In the Islamist onslaught, the West is confronting an ideology which hijacks evidence and distorts and falsifies it for its own ends. Yet as I have indicated, the West has been doing precisely the same thing.

The correspondences between Western “progressives” and the Islamists are really quite remarkable. Both are attempting to create utopias to redeem past sins; both permit no dissent from the one revealed truth; both demonise and seek to suppress their opponents; both project their own bad behaviour onto others; both are consumed by paranoid conspiracy theories.
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Mishra
July 4th, 2018
6:07 AM
Regarding "Christianity and its moral origins in the Hebrew Bible..." Whatever else Jesus may have or have not said, and whatever other words 'theologians' may have put in his mouth over the past 2,000 years, there's no escaping the fact that the Sermon on the Mount--the crux of his teachings--are as thoroughgoing a renunciation of Jewish theology as may be imagined. Indeed, there have been *Endless* contortions among Christian theologians ever since Nicaea to try and reconcile this House Divided Against Itself. They cast Marcion aside, branding him forever a heretic, and did their best to erase his work from history. At least the Jews don't have to reconcile these two antithetical canons. But this raises the question of why they strive to include Jesus among their Tribe. I say it's for the same reason they try to claim that the Testament of Jesus Christ doesn't actually contradict the Torah and Tanakh, despite the clear words of the Antitheses. Marcion promoted a version of Christianity which was indeed more ‘pure’ and ‘beautiful’–because it was more accurate. More accurate in the sense that it represented the teachings of Jesus Christ in their essence, particularly as transmitted through the Sermon on the Mount, and especially as they renounced the primitive, bloodthirsty, and hate-mongering “Old Testament” Torah/Tanakh/Bible. It’s been said many times that the “Judeo-Christian” Bible is a ‘House Divided Against Itself’. Taken together, the two ‘testaments’ describe two antithetical Gods and promote two antithetical theologies. Early Christian Councils, such as that of Nicaea and of Constantinople, were inevitably political as much as religious, with predictable results. It would seem that the revolutionary teachings of Jesus Christ were acceptable only within limits. Jesus Christ didn’t just renounce Jewish law, he renounced it in the most forceful and definitive terms imaginable. He said– repeatedly–’you have heard the elders (prophets) telling you that, but instead I say this.’ And then went on, point by point, to preach the diametric opposite of Jewish Law. Supposedly he framed this within ‘I come not to defy the elders (prophets) but to redeem them’ and if he said that he could have been trying to save his skin (didn’t work!) or retain his audience (sort of worked), or any of a dozen other possible interpretations. But there is NO possible interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount which does not recognise that Jesus is casting aside Jewish theology lock, stock, and barrel. Jesus was a revolutionary, an apostate, and ‘righteous judaism’ indeed spat him out. Torah: “you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.”(Exod. 21:22-25) Jesus: “But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil. Whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone would sue you and take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” (Matthew 5:39) It's possible that many ‘hebraics’ get caught up on this point simply because they cannot understand Jesus Christ’s admonitions. An alternative possibility is that they are simply infuriated by his admonitions. Another (more relevant) discussion here: http://www.unz.com/article/exodus-redux-jewish-identity-and-the-shaping-... A Jewish scholar, William Klingaman, (who is quite skeptical of Jesus's potential divinity, by the way): > > "Jesus deviated radically from conventional Judaic tradition when he > raised these moral imperatives to an extreme and seemingly unattainable > level. According to him the ancient prescriptions of the Law were no > longer sufficient for salvation." (*The First Century; Emperors, Gods, > and Everyman*, 1990; p.171) About Jewish integration vs separation, note Steven R. Weisman in the NYT: “No Jews today see the Hellenizers as role models.” He refers to “wealthy, educated Jews [who] were especially attracted to Greek culture, philosophy, sciences and athletics…” and says that Hanukkah “celebrates a stunning military victory in which strictly observant Jewish forces crushed the Jews who favored assimilation into the larger secular culture and expelled them from the Temple in ancient Jerusalem.” [Steven R. Weisman, "The Celebration of Hanukkah, Then and Now", NYT 20 Dec 97] http://www.nytimes.com/1997/12/20/opinion/editorial-observer-the-celebra... The essence of the story: Jews who favor integrating themselves with others are worthy of violent death–at the hands of their own Orthodox. ‘Old-Testament Hatred’, which may be a tad redundant frankly. Jesus told Pilate: "My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." (John 18:36).

Alicia Sinclair Portland
April 11th, 2018
6:04 PM
Have read Melanies magnificent book on a couple of occasions, and this is an excellent primer and adjunct. She nails the contemporary culture brilliantly, and with both force and inexorable logic, so can`t thank her enough. The Christian Church really needs to grasp what she`s saying. Jesus was a Jew, and -as He says-came to fulfil "the Law" as opposed to abolish it. But as we know, there is contextual analysis to give us all the understanding of what exactly, the gospel writers were trying to convey. And then we`ve got Paul and church histories to pile on top of that if we`d rather do that that stick with Jesus alone.But once we`ve been to the Cross and understood what trhe empty tomb nearby means to us, then we`re free to do what we like, think as we want. But knowing that we`re a heartbeat away from Jesus the Judge. I see the Hebrew Bible as the perfect blend of Gods Love and Gods righteous anger. Dawkins, being a theological illiterate takes the worst of Joshua and Judges to parody what his version of his non-god would be. Maybe that line through the human heart between good and evil, fight and wrong has a crossbeam at the top of it. But Islam is a third rate tribute act to half heard bits of the Judeao-Christian traditions. Like atheism, it need not detain us-as long as we actually know our OWN scriptures as well as they do their Koran and their Kapitals.

Anonymous
April 8th, 2018
12:04 PM
Good read. Inspires thought.The breakdown of moral code that constrained the individual for the sake of the community seems a good explanation for the axe being laid to the root of the tree we see happening. This is a story of human morality rising up from an ego driven rule of life governed by the need to survive. A morality that extends to preserving communal life unconsciously, like animal behavior that seems moral but is an involuntary response to the law of survival. So, this law of survival that in human nature creates attachments to family, tribe, and clan becomes stressed and unable to extend to the outer reaches of state or nation. A sense of 'otherness' inevitably results as the community enlarges and it's borders become to porous to keep the contamination of 'otherness'from coming in and infecting the body. The law of survival because it emerges from the individuals need to survive and spread genes is not able to unite a world populated by many peoples, races and nations. A law from beyond the human animal mode of living that transcends the law of survival is necessary. A new law to place again within the sight of intellect the objective good that it may replace the inferior subjective good that hid the true object of the human will. The true object of the will reentered the human sphere as the Ten Commandments. From that revelation, a moral code able to transcend the law of survival and overcome it's limitations has continued to this day to develop and transcend even it'self. God said let there be light. And there was light. The light divided the darkness and God called the light day. The first day God called very good. It's interesting now that the moral code established by the revelation to Moses, for millenia stabilized societies and formed institutions that increased the quality of human life, are being usurped and replaced by an incapable and inferior morality, not only fails to credit the origin of these gifts to humanity but claim these gifts as it's own. As the culture rejects religion the state becomes a religion worshiped by the masses who congregate faithfully and listen intently to the new ecclesia. An ancient ministry hidden from view finally appearing as a new light of life to save humanity from it'self. Another God is preparing it's seat on the throne hidden within the human heart.

Cedric Michael
March 28th, 2018
8:03 PM
Claire Khaw: No, Christianity is not and never has purported to be the antithesis of Judaism, nor has Islam ever purported to be the synthesis of that supposed dialectic. Jesus was not only a Jew but a deeply loyal Jew whose own conviction was that his very life embodied the essential meaning of the Mosaic Law.It is true that the question of his divinity within a Holy Trinity of divine persons consisting of a Father, a Son, and a Holy Spirit, has been a contentious one, but the aspect of this that you seize on as absurd, namely, that the eternal absolute creator of all that exists is capable of having come into existence in time,is not actually absurd, but completely compatible with the understanding that space-time and everything in it must necessarily not only have eternal absolute being as its historical origin, but as its present substantive foundation. Space-time is not some absolute 'other' created from sheer nothingness by absolute being, but a creation with a creaturely nature created by absolute being from nothing but absolute being itself. Absolute being is one with space-time, and space-time is one with absolute being. This is St Paul's view: "We . . . have our being in God." If that is so, then God not only can but does have his being in us and can enter into his creation as one of us. Far from being absurd, this becomes eminently thinkable once you realise that the creation is not absolutely other than God, or vice versa.

Gavin Stoffberg
March 14th, 2018
3:03 PM
Thanks for a great article. Loved it!

Madge Hirsch
March 14th, 2018
10:03 AM
It is obvious that Melanie Phillips has never bothered to aquaint herself on any but the sketchiest level with Hinduism. One could argue that the order of the 10 incarnations of Vishnu were an example of evolution just as much as anything to be found in Genesis.I would suggest that the arrested development of science in Hindu India has a lot more to do with the devastation caused by neverending Islamic invasions and the reduction of the Hindu population to dhimmi status rather than cyclical notions of time. As for the tyranny of atheism there was plenty of tyranny around before the 20th century.And just look what that wonderfully vibrant Bible Belt has produced- a great deal of hypocrisy, lots of people who believe the earth is only 6,000 years old and Trump for POTUS. As for asserting that the stuff in the OT is more factual than the so called miracles of Christianity because "it happened to us"- pathetic.

Naomi King
March 12th, 2018
7:03 AM
The comments above simply prove that atheism is irrational and stupid.

Elisabeth Holland
March 12th, 2018
2:03 AM
The Hebrew Bible reveals that God is holy/pure/ righteous/just and as such is the true judge of sin. It is very hard for us to comprehend the holiness of God and just how bad sin is. Sin always perverts truth. There are so called Christians who deny the resurrection of Jesus but this is to fail to recognize the nature of God as holy, the creator and redeemer who indeed makes rational the resurrection. The Hebrew Bible points to redemption of our sin-sick sorry world through the unexpected means of the death of Jesus and its story is brought to fruition in the New Testament, but we need to read both books carefully as ask God to reveal himself to us as we do.

Claire Khaw
March 10th, 2018
10:03 PM
Judaism - Thesis Christianity - Antithesis Islam - Synthesis It is disappointing that Melanie Phillips does not mention at all the absurdity of the doctrine of the Trinity which requires all who wish to identify as Christian to say they believe that Christ is the co-equal of God. From this requirement flows cowardice, irrationality and hypocrisy leading to Westerners throwing out the morality of Christianity with the bathwater of the Trinity. http://www.yoramhazony.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/jerusalem_and_cart... explains the irrationality of Christianity rather well, I think. Tertullian’s views are those of a fanatic. But they have not been without influence. A certain strand within Christianity has always applauded this posture, and its echoes continue to be heard down to our own day. We find a similar position, in which Christian faith is taken to be “an absurdity to the understanding,” being advanced in the writings of Kierkegaard, for example: What, then, is the absurd? The absurd is that the eternal truth has come into existence in time, that God has come into existence, has been born, has grown up, etc., has come into existence… as an individual human being…. [in other words,] the absurd is precisely the object of faith, and only that can be believed…. Christianity… has required the inwardness of faith with regard to what is… an absurdity to the understanding. In the same vein, C.S. Lewis speaks of the things that Jesus asks mankind to believe, if judged by human standards, as “asinine fatuity” and “lunacy”: [Y]ou will see that what this man said was, quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered by human lips…. asinine fatuity is the kindest description we should give…. in the mouth of any speaker who is not God, these words would imply what I can only regard as a silliness and conceit unrivalled by any other character in history…. a man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said… would either be a lunatic—on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the devil of Hell. Christian faith requires belief in things that are repugnant to human reason, which permits contemporary commentators to speak of biblical faith as though it purposely stands in opposition to the dictates of human reason.

David MacKenzie
March 10th, 2018
8:03 PM
A fascinating article, and well worth the read. As an evangelical Pastor, I appreciate the Jewish and Torah apologetic. It's interesting to hear arguments from your perspective.

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