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Why were the Jews permitted to live – and be persecuted - another day?

from Time Magazine

The answer, provided in James Carroll’s fascinating book, is St Augustine. In the year 425, shortly after Christians slaughtered the Jews of Alexandria in the first recorded pogrom, that influential Church further cautioned, "Do not slay them." He preferred that the Jews be preserved, close at hand, as unwilling witnesses to Old Testament prophecies regarding Jesus. Augustine’s followers elaborated on the idea, writes Carroll: Jews "must be allowed to survive, but never to thrive", so their misery would be "proper punishments for their refusal to recognise the truth of the Church’s claims". The 18th Century Jewish philosopher, Moses Mendelsohn, noted that were it not for Augustine’s "lovely brainwave, we would have been exterminated long ago". But it was a warped, creepy kind of sufferance, a little like keeping someone chained to the radiator instead of doing him in. And it set the stage for countless persecutions as the Christian-Jewish saga rolled on.

Carroll says his book was inspired by the large cross erected by Poles outside Auschwitz. But his real target appears to be the Vatican’s 1998 apology, "We Remember". That long awaited document expressed regret at Christian mistreatment of Jews over the centuries but pinned the fault on some of the Church’s sinful "members" while holding blameless "the Church as such".







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