Christianity as a contributing factor in the Holocaust

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      The extent to which Christian history, teaching and preaching is culpable as a pre-condition/stimulus for the atrocities commited during the Holocaust is a contentious, and often discomforting, subject but one which RE teachers should be aware of and able to address.

      Whilst this article by Mark Lindsay (Director of Research at MCD University of Divinity in Melbourne, and the author of Reading Auschwitz with Barth: The Holocaust as Problem and Promise for Barthian Theology), is not directly about this topic, it does reference the historically damaging impact of Christian supersessionism on the Jewish faith as seen in the run up to the Holocaust. In it’s discussion of this, and post war theology, the article offers what it considers to be solution to this which is thought provoking and worthy of discussion?

      Comments on if, and how, this article could be of use to RE teachers are welcome…

      You can link to ‘Overcoming supersessionism: Christianity, the Jews and the end of zero-sum logic’, by
      Mark Lindsay, ABC RELIGION AND ETHICS 17 FEB 2014, here:
      http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/02/17/3946600.htm

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