“Judeo-Christian” Is Not A Real Thing
I still often see the term “judeo-christian” being used. Let’s put that to rest.
The term was likely popularized from the Jewish population to make it seem like they were involved in the history of the West, which was majority that of Christianity. It has been morphed throughout the ages to the distorted definition it holds now:
The term “Judæo Christian” first appeared in the 19th century as a word for Jewish converts to Christianity
The term “Judæo Christian” first appears in a letter from Alexander McCaul which is dated October 17, 1821. The term in this case referred to Jewish converts to Christianity. The term was similarly used by Joseph Wolff in 1829, in reference to a type of church that would observe some Jewish traditions in order to convert Jews. Mark Silk states in the early 19th century the term was “most widely used (in French as well as English) to refer to the early followers of Jesus who opposed” the wishes of Paul the Apostle and wanted “to restrict the message of Jesus to Jews and who insisted on maintaining Jewish law and ritual”.
The term became widely used in the United States during the Cold War to suggest a unified American identity opposed to communism. Theologian and author Arthur A. Cohen, in The Myth of the Judeo-Christian Tradition, questioned the theological validity of the Judeo-Christian concept, suggesting that it was instead essentially an invention of American politics.
The term didn’t even exist before the 19th century. Because before the 19th century, everyone in the West knew that it was solely Christendom that drove the West forward.
My other article, the three eras of Western Civilization, will help explain this: The Eras Of Western Civilization: On Tradition. Jews were dominated as a subjected people in the first, completely ignored and disdained during the second, and only shown prominence during the third (which is coincidentally when the term ‘Judeo-Christian’ arrived).
Our civilization, Western Civilization, was founded on the eras of Christendom and the Greco-Roman eras, which were both Pagan-Christian tradition. Not Judeo at all.
The term ‘Judeo-Christian’ implies that these disparate worldviews are even slightly similar, when they are not. The Holy Bible and the Talmud oppose one another. Even the Talmud and the Old Testament often do (although the Orthodox Jews would deride me for saying this).
Judeo traits are the traits of the “social goods” (illusionary freedom, democracy, individualism, egalitarianism, etc).
Christendom and Greco-Roman eras, which reigned supreme in the West and is our entire history until the 1700-1800’s, was the exact opposite of the Judeo traits. They were Christian traits: traditionalist, monarchial (rule by one), communitarian (not individualist), anti-democracy, anti-egalitarianism, and pro-Christian. All of which is opposite of Judeo traits, which we just mentioned above.
To then try to combine them is to make it seem like the Judeo traits override the historic, traditional Christian traits. It assumes that, because of the Enlightenment era, both are “merged”. But they are not merged. One, Christian, is just corrupted. Traditional Christian values are not only opposed to the Judeo traits, but are completely incompatible with them.
Even without history, it is also just common sense. Look at a Jew in Israel and a Christian in America: Do these individuals share a similar worldview? What about religious views? Or morality? Or values? Yeah, I didn’t think so. They are often in conflict or are directly opposing. The gentiles and the jews have never seen eye to eye.
This is not to say that Christian or Judeo is right or one is better or lesser, but rather that they should not be combined in such a manner, because it does not make logical sense. They are separate and should be considered as such.
The “Judeo-Christian” worldview, morality, and history does not exist. It never has. It is either Judeo or it is Christian.
Whoever put this idea of a “judeo-christian” value system clearly never researched the divide between Jews and Christians throughout the majority of the history of our legacy, IE the Greco-roman era and the Christendom era.
Nor did they ever bother to look up the term or they would clearly see it is a modernity, Enlightenment term that just got popular about 60 years ago. Our entire history leading up that point disagrees with that recent change.
Ben Shapiro is a big proponent of using the term ‘Judeo-Christian’. He is a religious Jew living in the United States, so it makes sense that he wants to combine them for personal interest. But he also stated the following when speaking on “social justice”:
Anytime you put a modifier in front of a term that is inherently good, you turn it into a perversion of itself.
Which I must agree with in the case of his use of Judeo-Christian, hilariously enough.
Stop using the term Judeo-Christian. It’s not real. It never will be real.