By R. Michael
Although Christianity's detailed effect at the Holocaust can't be made up our minds and the Christian church buildings didn't themselves perpetrate the ultimate answer, Michael argues that millennia of Christian principles and prejudices and their influence on Christians' behaviour seem to be the foremost foundation of antisemitism and it truly is apex, the Holocaust.
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That Covenant of theirs was smashed to pieces, so that the seal of the Covenant of Jesus the Beloved might be stamped on our own hearts . . ”31 Christian writers claimed that circumcision no longer symbolized the Jews’ Covenant with God; instead, it marked the Jews as devils or Cains. 32”It is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are reckoned as descendants. . ’ “33 Justin Martyr wrote in his Dialogue with Trypho: “Circumcision was given to you as a sign that you may be separated .
138 Jewish religious, economic, legal, and political privileges in the Western empire ultimately depended on Christian theological premises, for the Christian-imperial laws embodied in the Theodosian Code determined what the Jews could or could not do. The emperors issued the laws; the Church conditioned the emperors; and the theology of triumph determined the Church’s Jewish policy. 139 The way was left open for the legal destruction of synagogues, forced baptisms, and the medieval trials and burnings of the Talmud, as well as medieval defamations and massacres.
98 Although Augustine’s doctrine established a limit to Jewish suffering (when Donatus, Proconsul for Africa in 408, interpreted a new law [Codex Theodosianus 16:5:44] penalizing heretics and Jews who did “anything contrary and adverse to the Catholic sect” with death, Augustine convinced him to mete out a lesser punishment),99 his central lesson was not that Christians should act as their Jewish brothers’ keepers, but that Christians should act with hostility toward the Jewish Cains—the same way Cain himself had behaved toward his brother.
Holy Hatred: Christianity, Antisemitism, and the Holocaust by R. Michael