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  1. mb says:

    Rav Menken,

    Excellent. 100% agreement.

  2. Barefoot Jewess says:

    Speaking as a former Christian, I can tell you there is no such thing as an “observant” Christian. Observance is a purely Jewish concept driven by halacha. Christians just have to follow the 10 commandments and have faith. Rituals include going to services and partaking of the sacraments. Apart from that nothing is demanded of the Christian except to believe and perhaps bear witness. There is no religious law, per se. The Christian religion is not informed by the principle of observance and Christians are unfamiliar with the concept.

    To suggest an “observant Christian” is to do try to force a syncretism of religions. We already have that attempt, a la “Messian Jews”, the closest thing to “observant” Christianity there is. Which makes anyone who suggests this as valid, a heretic and an apostate.

    If I were to say something good about Christians, “observant” would not be it. Their religion is not remotely like ours, and I think that idea of “observant Christians” dilutes and cheapens Judaism nevermind being intellectually dishonest. They are NOT like us, religiously!

  3. Yaakov Menken says:

    Touché. The use of “observant” was projection on my part. Obviously a word like “sincere” would impugn the sincerity of liberal Christians, while “orthodox” is preceded by Greek or Russian in those circles. “Conservative” implies a political orientation which I did not mean, either.

    Is there any appropriate word that is less “blah” than “traditional”?

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