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Postre: Judaism: Disraeli, Kissinger... (Christopher Jones, France) (John Eipper, USA, 02/03/07 10:27 am)
Christopher Jones responds to JE's comments on CJ's earlier post of 3
Disraeli, Kissinger or Benjamin are remembered as Jews. A Jew can proclaim
himself an atheist but usually he remains "Jewish." The roots of this go
back to the first century, when the Judaic religion closed itself off during
its confrontation with the Nazorean heresy (Christianity), and even before,
as anyone can read in the Old Testament.
Regarding the Catholic religion's fascination with power and politics, it is
fairly obvious: I would only say that the Pope has always played a part in
politics. If you read St Augustine's Civitas Dei (The City of God)
Catholics would have been very happy to have a theocracy that would have
pleased the Ayatollah Khomeini.
JE comments: Actually, I remember Disraeli and Kissinger as--well, as
Disraeli and Kissinger. Judah P. Benjamin, a fascinating and extremely
competent figure in the inner politics of the American Confederacy, is
probably not remembered at all, outside of a smallish circle of Civil War
scholars. I do not see how their religion is of transcendental importance
for understanding their achievements and/or historical legacies.
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