How much can one know about someone else’s religion? Not enough to claim knowledge!

During last night’s Rosh Hashanah service, the Rabbi, in his sermon, referred to Paul saying that Jesus did away with the law. A common view surely, but the reality is certainly not so cut and dried.

When we are not insiders, shouldn’t we all be very careful, even in our own minds, not to claim knowledge of someone else’s religion?  Even serious scholars, from the outside or the inside, can’t know about the religions of others or perhaps even their own.

To represent the religions of others from the pulpit is inappropriate:

  • It is disturbing to non-members attending the service who are offended by misrepresentation of their beliefs.
  • Worse! It misinforms and reinforces prejudices of the congregants!
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About Ghoh

My name is Joe, but username Joe was already taken. I am interested in politics, religion and ideas that are off the beaten path, whatever the subject.
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One Response to How much can one know about someone else’s religion? Not enough to claim knowledge!

  1. Nina Acunzo says:

    Jesus did away with the idea of blind adherance to the “Letter of the law”. Blind adherance can sometimes obscure the sprit of the law. There are many examples of this in the New Testament, The Good Samaritan being the most famous. After the “lawful” men passed by a person sick, perhaps dying, as is required by the Law. The outcast Samaritan comes along and only sees the person in trouble and answers the higher law.

    Prejudice comes in all forms. Some subtle, some not, some completely self unaware.

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