Thursday, January 8, 2009

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the West and the Jewish people

"Western history is, by God's will. indissolubly linked with the people of Israel, not only genetically but in a genuine uninterrupted encounter. The Jew keeps open the question of Christ. He is the sign of the free mercy-choice and of the repudiating wrath of God. 'Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God' (Rom. 11.22). An expulsion of the Jews from the West [Perhaps from the Middle East?] must necessarily bring with it the expulsion of Christ. For Jesus Christ was a Jew." Ethics, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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