Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Seeing Judaism Anew: Christianity's Sacred Obligation,
Ed. Mary C. Boys, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002, page xvii
The CSG's ninth principle is: We affirm the importance of the land of Israel for the life of the Jewish people.
The land of Israel has always been of central significance to the Jewish people. However, Christian theology charged that the Jews had condemned themselves to homelessness by rejecting G-d's Messiah. Such superessionism precluded any possibility for Christian understanding of Jewish attachment to the land of Israel. Christian theologians can no longer avoid this critical issue, especially in the light of the complex and persistent conflict over the land. Recognising that both Israelis and Palestinians have the right to live in peace and security in a homeland off their own, we call for efforts that contribute to a just peace among all the peoples in the region.
This sounds as if the CSG are trying to have their cake and eat it. While it is certainly true that theologians cannot continue to hide their heads in the sand or pretend that supercessionism is the answer - with all of its consequences - the situation is far more complex and simple than the CSG statement seems to recognise or was allowed to say.