The Words That Killed Medieval Jews

Following up on my earlier post about personal morality, it’s worth considering how that morality came about. How does someone who thinks it’s moral to kill get to that point? Are words alone enough?

For example, Jews lived peacefully in Europe right up until around 1100. But then mainstream Christian teaching changed from focusing on Christ’s divine nature and death to his suffering and painted the Jews as directly responsible. The result was widespread persecution and murder of European Jews that ultimately ended in the Holocaust. Christian clergy didn’t understand why this happened since they hadn’t told anyone to do this, yet it happened anyway.

We hear a lot of angry statements from some of our leaders lately about immigrants and women’s health providers, none of which specifically advocate violence. Yet violence still happens. There’s a lesson there.

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