Since the end of the Second World War we have been bombarded from all sides with references to the West’s “Judeo-Christian religion,” and “our Judeo-Christian heritage.” Politicians regularly invoke these principles, and even religious leaders trumpet the phrase as if it were a self-evident truth. So sacrosanct is this concept, that even secular leaders make appeals to it. In fact, in America, Judeo-Christianity is nearly secular, and almost always mentioned alongside concepts such as liberty, equality, and democracy – themselves purely concepts which are secular in nature.
In the secular realm, even liberal atheists can make appeals to “the West’s Judeo-Christian roots”. They can never precisely name what these roots and values are, and in fact some liberals go so far as to say that things which are inherently anti-Christian are a part of that tradition based on a flawed understanding of Christian Scripture. However, we know that truth is not relative. It does not change depending on the speaker, and hence there must be something deeply flawed with the way that Judeo-Christianity is presented or how it is implemented by the elites.
There is no such religion as Judeo-Christianity. Judaism is a religion which is wholly independent of Christianity, and was in fact a rejection of Jesus Christ as the Messiah. The Talmud, Judaism’s second holiest book, refers to Jesus and his mother Mary in unequivocally harsh language, calling him a false teacher, and preaching hate against all Christians. Of course, in modern times, there are few Jews, and even fewer Christians who know about the Talmud, but the sentiment of Talmudism is present at the highest levels of Jewish leadership.
It is true that Judaism and Christianity share the “Old Testament”. However, the interpretations of the Old Testament differ greatly between Christians and Jews. Furthermore, according to Justin Martyr, the purpose of Christ’s ministry was to restore true religion and to denounce the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Consequently, Judaism establishes itself, as being inimical and opposed to Christianity from the very beginning, and diverged in that direction for the subsequent two centuries.
Thomas Aquinas, writing in the 13th century, believed that the moral precepts in the Bible predate Creation, being that they are established by God. Other precepts are ceremonial and judicial, and were established in the time of Moses, for a specific people and a specific time (in this case, the Ancient Hebrews). Accordingly, upon the coming of Christ they were not binding to non-Hebrews who converted to Christianity, because the New Covenant established through Christ is the instrument through which God offers mercy and atonement to mankind.
The anti-Christian nature of modern Judaism is one which Jewish scholars themselves are in agreement on. This very prominent and defining aspect of Judaism, is in fact what defines it as a religion. But it is more than a theological disagreement which defines Judaism as separate, and Judeo-Christianity to be an ahistorical concept. Joseph Klausner, in his book, “Jesus of Nazareth” expressed the Judaic viewpoint that Christ’s teachings were “…irreconcilable with the spirit of Judaism.” Gershon Mamlak, a Zionist intellectual once claimed that Christianity is “in direct conflict to Judaism’s role as the Chosen people.” Jewish writer Joshua J. Adler admits that, “The differences between Christianity and Judaism are much more than merely believing in whether the messiah already appeared or is still expected.”
If one takes the view that the religions of the world are in fact separate revelations of the Divine, through which man learns of a higher reality, then it follows that the diabolical attempts to distort, revise or eliminate these unique, ancient and divinely ordained patterns would be a grave error. The constant, politically motivated ideals to the imaginary entity of “Judeo-Christianity” are fully anti-traditional, because of its ultra-modernist theology. The fact is that Judeo-Christianity, given the voluminous history of anti-Christian attitudes by Jewish leaders and lay people alike, would not be viable had it not been secular in the first place.
Since the concept of Judeo-Christianity is invalid religiously speaking, it fulfills other purposes. In a world were political allegiances have replaced confessions of faith, Judeo-Christianity precisely fills the role of a secular cult. The purpose of such a cult is in fact to de-Christianize Christians. The people who invented the concept predicted that, after the failure of the Soviet Union to enforce atheism, forcibly removing religion would be impossible. However, by ostensibly appealing to a number of Christian ideas, and slowly inverting them, they could achieve their goal. The role of Judeo-Christianity as a purely secular motivator is the reflection of the fact that one may be a considered “Jew” by birth even if he is not religious. It then proceeds from this that “secularism” is not, in fact, the enemy of Judeo-Christianity, but its mirror image. After all, if Judeo-Christianity is the kernel of Western civilization, there is no way that any society in the West can properly be identified as belonging to or being governed by Christian doctrines.
For Americans and other Western Europeans, one of the roles of propping up the term “Judeo-Christianity” is to integrate Jews into mainline of society, perhaps in an attempt to mitigate accusations against them of being usurpers of Western work ethic. In some ways, history once again speaks against this. From Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud to Leon Trotsky and the neo-conservatives of today, the politico-social movements which have gnawed away at what was once a Christian Europe were, in a large part, lead and organized by people who identified as Jewish.
The Jewish “core” of “Judeo-Christianity” can be seen through the attitude of modern Protestant churches towards Israel. In return, Christianity, or its secularized, institutionalized form, has become acceptable enough for the Jews to consider Christians (once their enemies) as allies. Under “Judeo-Christian” doctrine, the Jews reclaimed their status as the “chosen people” and so-called “Christian” Zionists began to sing the praises of Israel. It is this belief which ascribes holiness to the state Israel. This in itself is perhaps as an outgrowth the other bizarre Judeo-Christian “belief” of Shoahism. For this reason Judeo-Christianity is all to easily used by its by the leaders of Israel, to carry out a political agenda that favours that foreign political state over and ahead of the interests of America, or their fellow Christians. AIPAC and many American businessmen have profit interests in war and campaigned for new wars as a matter of business, but it is the Judeo-Christians who have added fuel to the fire.
Ultimately, the so-called Judeo-Christian values are ultimately another manifestation of modernism and militant secularism. They are an outgrowth of a doctrine which is needed not to improve oneself through the adherence to divine guidance, but a dogma which has created the modern societies.
RidingTheTiger author Hong Kyung-Jin assisted with the writing of this article.
About William van Nostrand
William van Nostrand is a native of Chicago, Illinois and is currently the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of RidingTheTiger.org. He holds a B.A. in Economics as well as a minor in cultural anthropology. His interests are highly varied and include late medieval European architecture, German romantic classical music, and travel.