Date: Sun Feb 09 2003 - 07:39:31 EST
In a message dated 2/8/03 7:19:29 PM Eastern Standard Time, email@example.com
> I also recommend a short editorial by = David Permutter 'Palestine' for
> Dummies found in the Jewish World Review.
The definitive work on Jewish fundamentalism is Israel Shahak's Jewish
Fundamental in Israel or his Jewish History, Jewish Religion. Shahak, who
passed away recently, was a survivor of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and
a Jewish professor in Israel. Also, Gershom Scholem on the concept of
"tikkun" or repair of the world might also be enlightening to one studying
Jewish settlements in Palestinian terrirory.
Going to the Jewish World Review to get info on Palestine is a little shaky.
Postmodernism is a particularly Marxist creation.
“In the ancient world through the Middle Ages negative views of gentile
institutions were relatively confined to internal consumption within the
Jewish community. However, beginning with the Converso turmoil in fifteenth
century Spain these negative views often appeared in the most prestigious
intellectual circles and in the mass media. These views generally subjected
the institutions of gentile society to radical criticism or they led to the
development of intellectual structures that rationalized Jewish
identification in a post religious intellectual environment. Faur (1992,31ff)
shows that Conversos in fifteenth and sixteenth century Spain were vastly
overrepresented among the humanist thinkers who opposed the corporate nature
of Spanish society centered around Christianity. In describing the general
thrust of these writers,Faur (1992,31) notes that ‘Although the strategy
varied -- from the creation of highly sophisticated literary works to the
writing of scholarly and philosophical compositions -- the goal was one: to
present ideas and methodologies that would displace the values and
institutions of the ‘old Christian.’” 22
The effects of the Converso initiative were felt almost immediately and
continue to the present.
In How to Reach Secular People, George G. Hunter III writes: “The cause of
Christendom's disintegration was a massive secularization process within
western history in the last 5 or 6 centuries, a process that continues today.
Repeatedly, over much of Europe in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the
armies of various nobles and barons sacked the monasteries and seized church
property, withdrawing it from control of the Church... The Church experienced
lost influence in every area of western society's life — from education to
government, economics, art, architecture, literature, music, personal
morality, and community life.Today no one even pretends that western culture
still marches to Christianity’s drum. The nearly complete secularization of
the West is the Great New Fact confronting the entire western Church.” 24
22/23: Kevin MacDonald, Culture of Critique, An Evolutionary Analysis
of Jewish Involvement In Twentieth Century Intellectual and
Political Movements (Westport, CT: Praeger, 1998), ppgs.6-7
24: George G. Hunter III, How to Reach Secular People, (Nashville, Abingdon
Press, 1992) pages 25-26
postmodernism and a post religious intellectual environment seem like pretty
much the same thing, don' t they?
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