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I've used "Abrahamic Religion" before to include Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Really, they're not all that different from the outside. One god, same books, some disagreement over the detailed status of the assorted mythological figures, a long history of swapping ideas among themselves.

Leaving out one of the triad is an interesting way of looking at the world though.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Oct 18th, 2010 at 05:58:20 AM EST
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I wonder why that might be.
Last time I went to Mass, there were 2 liturgies from the Old Testament... again. Never heard the Quoran though. Must be a conspiracy don't you think?
by Lynch on Mon Oct 18th, 2010 at 03:32:06 PM EST
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For the same reason you won't hear anything from the New Testament in a synagogue: each religion regards the successor religion as a heresy. For the same reason, the term "Judeo-Christian religion" (why not just say Judaism and Christianity?) would be deeply offensive, possibly even antisemtic, to a religious Jew. Christians may like to believe that their religion contains Judaism, but nobody ever asks the Jews about this.

Just by chance, I just happened today to come across an article by Lawrence Swaim on the subject. He agrees with my instinctive feeling that there is something antisemitic about the term.

Jews were now to be upgraded to something known as "Judeo-Christianity," a bogus expression invented by rightwing evangelicals to promote Christian nationalism and advocate in the public square for certain evangelical values without being called anti-Semitic. Jews were now to be allowed into that part of the conservative establishment that was encouraging coalition with the evangelicals of the Religious Right; and the expression "Judeo-Christian values" was unveiled to pre-empt any question of anti-Semitism.

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Later the issue of proselytizing Jews would be even more subtly finessed by a little-known provision in the dispensationalist playbook -- namely, that during the End Time (the Christian evangelical term for the Second Coming of Christ), Jews would for reasons unknown suddenly convert to Christianity as the New Jerusalem arrived. The recalcitrant ones, those Jews who for some reason refused Jesus' kind offer of conversion to Christianity, would be mass-murdered by God, who would thereby neatly finish in the End of Days what Hitler had started back at the Wannsee Conference in 1942.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Oct 18th, 2010 at 04:10:08 PM EST
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