Good News After Auschwitz?

Good News After Auschwitz?

by John K. Roth
     
 

Many argue that in a post-Holocaust world, Christians must address their own culpability in the destruction of Europe's Jewry. If post-Holocaust Christians only lament Christianity's sin, which has been catastrophically destructive in its anti-Jewish manifestations, the tradition will be ultimately left with little to say and no credibility. Post-Holocaust Christians… See more details below

Overview

Many argue that in a post-Holocaust world, Christians must address their own culpability in the destruction of Europe's Jewry. If post-Holocaust Christians only lament Christianity's sin, which has been catastrophically destructive in its anti-Jewish manifestations, the tradition will be ultimately left with little to say and no credibility. Post-Holocaust Christians must emphasize positive differences that Christianity can make, including:

  • Repentant honesty about Christianity's anti-Jewish history
  • New appreciation for the Jewish origins of Christianity, the Jewish identity of Jesus, and the continuing vitality of the Jewish people and their tradition
  • Welcome liberation from liturgies and biblical interpretations that promote harmful Christian exclusivism
  • Deepened understanding that the core of Christian practice is to love—inclusively and hospitably—one's neighbors as oneself.
Informed by the best Holocaust scholarship and written in an accessible style, these essays show that God's embodied presence in the world provides life and hope that even the Holocaust cannot destroy.

About the Authors:
John K. Roth is the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at Claremont McKenna College, where he has taught since 1966. He has written, coauthored, or edited more than twenty-five books, including, most recently, Ethics after the Holocaust and major contributions to The Holocaust Chronicle

Carol Rittner, R.S.M. is distinguished professor of Holocaust Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is the editor or coeditor of a number of books, including The Holocaust and the Christian World. She is the executive producer of two films, one of which, The Courage to Care, was nominated for a 1986 Academy Award in the Short Documentary category.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865547018
Publisher:
Mercer University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. A Jarring Juxtaposition
Pt. 1Precautions1
1Beware Good News: Faith and Fallacy in Post-Holocaust Christianity3
2The Failure of Goodness: In Search of the christian Christian21
3Can I Still Be a Christian after Auschwitz?29
4Christian Integrity after Auschwitz37
Pt. 2Practices43
5Canonizing Edith Stein and Recognizing Catholic Antisemitism45
6After Auschwitz: Jews, Judaism, and Christian Worship69
7Good News after Auschwitz: Binding the Brokenhearted85
8The Holy Ground of Hospitality: Good News for a Shoah-Tempered World99
9What Can a Christian Say about Forgiveness after Auschwitz?117
Pt. 3Proclamations129
10The Message and the Means: Some Historical Reflections on the "Good News"131
11A Post-Shoah Interventionist Christianity: Expanding the Ranks of the Faithful Remnant in the Third Millennium141
12The Good News after Auschwitz: A Biblical Reflection157
13Good News after Auschwitz: Does Christianity Have Any?173
Postscript: The Courage to Try187
Bibliography193
About the Editors and Contributors203
Index209

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