Is there a Need for Anti-Semitism in the (Hungarian Reformed) Church? Cover Image

Van-e igény az egyházban antiszemitizmusra?
Is there a Need for Anti-Semitism in the (Hungarian Reformed) Church?

Author(s): István M. Ledán
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion
Published by: Erdélyi Református Egyházkerület
Keywords: anti-Semitism; anti-Semitic heritage of Christianity and of Protestantism; theological; moral and psychological risks of anti-Semitism/anti-Judaism

Summary/Abstract: In 1519 Erasmus of Rotterdam wrote in a letter to Jacob Hoogstraeten: “If to be a Christian is to hate Jews, then we are all thoroughly Christian.” Our aim is to examine whether this sentence is in any way relevant – evidently under the changed circumstances– in the Transylvanian (Hungarian) Reformed Church. We show that the main cause of occasional Antisemitism is the anti-Semitic heritage of Christian Church, particularly the anti-Semitic heritage of Protestantism. After facing this heritage, we shape the theological, moral and psychological risks of Antisemitism / anti-Judaism. We conclude with Walter Brueggemann’s suggestion that the Christian-Jewish relationship needs to be rethought from time to time.

  • Issue Year: 107/2014
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 513-531
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Hungarian