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The Huguenots, the Jews, and Me
Azure ^ | Autumn 2006 | ARMAND LAFERRERE

Posted on 11/20/2006 5:21:01 PM PST by Spacewalker

My great-great-great-grandfather was named Moses. My cousins have names like Sarah, Deborah, Jeremy, Judith, Esther, Raphael, and Samuel....

Yet I do not (as far as I know) have a single drop of Jewish blood in my veins. Neither did I, nor any member of my family, convert to Judaism. But philo-Semitism, which often includes an emotional identification with the Jewish people, is part of the heritage of the community I was raised in: The French Huguenots, or Protestants....

But perhaps the most moving example of Protestant efforts on behalf of French Jewry occurred in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a small, all-Protestant town in southern France. There, the whole community gave haven to more than three thousand Jews, mostly children, during the war. When a family volunteered to hide a child, Pastor André Trocmé would say, “I will bring you tomorrow the Old Testament that you have asked for.” Nazi patrols came in search of the Jews repeatedly, but all were safely hidden. Everybody knew, but no one ever spoke....

We are not many. But we French Huguenots-or, at least, those of us who know our own history-are linked with the Jewish people by too many bonds of culture, history, and religious beliefs to betray that old alliance. The world is now experiencing a new wave of Jew hatred, with many Muslims hoping openly for a new Holocaust and most Europeans all too willing to let one happen. The most tenacious, vilest, and oldest of hatreds is reaching a new high. In such dark and troubled times, may the God of Israel give us the strength to proclaim our everlasting gratitude to the Jews. May he give us the grace, which we do not deserve, of sharing their torments today and their victory tomorrow.

(Excerpt) Read more at azure.org.il ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: france; jews; protestants
If there are enough of him, maybe all is not lost for Europe!

Read the essay... It's outstanding!

1 posted on 11/20/2006 5:21:04 PM PST by Spacewalker
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To: Spacewalker

Thanks for posting.


2 posted on 11/20/2006 5:26:30 PM PST by kalee (II have taken the pledge... I will no longer read homeschooling or breastfeeding threads on FR.)
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To: Spacewalker; drstevej; Gamecock; Jean Chauvin; OrthodoxPresbyterian; CCWoody; Wrigley; jboot; ...

WORTH THE READ!


3 posted on 11/20/2006 5:44:04 PM PST by alpha-8-25-02 ("SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE")
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To: Spacewalker

Well written.


4 posted on 11/20/2006 5:47:14 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Spacewalker

Excellent!


5 posted on 11/20/2006 5:48:05 PM PST by CremeSaver
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To: Spacewalker

Excellent essay.


6 posted on 11/20/2006 6:07:55 PM PST by marron
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To: Spacewalker

As with the Jews after the diaspora, Huguenots are a remnant of a faith that has nearly died.
Calvin is simply the most important voice of Protestantism. His words are all but lost to a culture more concerned with the blessings of wealth and comfort than salvation from endless damnation.
The problem with western civilization lies not in its secularism but in the cheap grace taught by others saved on the cheap.
We do not stand with the oppressed. We stand with the successful. For this we earn the eternal curse of Calvin, that we are unrepentant sinners in the hands of an angry God.


7 posted on 11/20/2006 7:01:00 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (Here come I, gravitas in tow.)
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To: Spacewalker; alpha-8-25-02

Thank you for this Interesting Read!


8 posted on 11/20/2006 9:17:13 PM PST by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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To: Spacewalker
The Huguenots, the Jews, and Me

My favorite children's book!

9 posted on 11/20/2006 9:18:41 PM PST by Silly (Still being... Silly)
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To: Spacewalker

bump


10 posted on 11/20/2006 9:19:19 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Spacewalker
If there are enough of him, maybe all is not lost for Europe!

Thanks for the article, but no, there are not enough. The Jews go first, then the Christians. It's a message repeated in mosques every day in dozens of countries.

11 posted on 11/20/2006 9:47:37 PM PST by Northern Alliance
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To: alpha-8-25-02
Excellent !

12 posted on 11/20/2006 10:04:35 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 144:1 Praise be to YHvH, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.)
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To: wagglebee

MA ping :-)


13 posted on 11/21/2006 5:21:11 AM PST by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch (If MY people who are called by MY name -- the ball's in our court, folks.)
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If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

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14 posted on 11/21/2006 5:35:00 AM PST by SJackson (A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user, T. Roosevelt)
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To: Spacewalker
Too often, some dispensationalists and fundamentalists have wrongly smeared Calvinism and its belief in covenant theology, which they call replacement theology, as being anti-Semitic. Certain authors, such as Dave Hunt and Hal Lindsay, have accused covenantal theology as contributing to the Holocaust (ignoring the fact that Hitler and his henchmen were pagans who knew how to throw out Christian sounding language, as Bill and Hillary do today).

Calvinists have had a long history of friendship towards Jews. The Calvinist Netherlands took in many Sephardic Jewish refugees, and the first Jewish settlement in America was in the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, now New York. During the English Civil War, the Anglican Cavaliers accused their Puritan Roundhead opponents of knowing the geography of the Holy land better than that of Britain. When Cromwell became Lord Protector after the Puritan victory, he permitted Jews to return England, from where they had expelled over three centuries earlier. Both Britain and many American colonies granted Jews full civil rights before Catholics received them. New York City had an operating synagogue for over a century before there was an open Catholic church. Dutch and German Reformed believers and English, Scottish, and American Presbyterians and Puritans gave their children Old Testament names.

Where Hunt and Lindsay err is in their projection of the "blood libel" against the Jews characteristic of some elements of Catholicism (nowadays confined to the anti-Vatican II traditionalists) or Luther's anti-Semitic rantings onto covenant theology. As the article attached to this thread explains, Calvin's emphasis on total depravity and the sovereignty of God took away the medieval emphasis on scapegoating the Jews for the death of Christ. Covenantal theology actually creates a greater understanding of the role of Christians as a people set apart from the world, as the Jews were. The writings of the Puritans, Presbyterians, and the Huguenots provide ample evidence of the self-identification with the Jews.

15 posted on 11/21/2006 5:50:34 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: Wallace T.

I think this article makes the difference between Lutherian and Calvinist theology very well...

I will say I am very partial to the Calvinists: they saved the life of my beloved uncle by taking him from the south of France to Switzerland during WWII. When it was time to be counted, they were! While the majority of French people were joining Pétain and the Nasis, the Huguenots didn't...


16 posted on 11/21/2006 9:19:10 AM PST by Spacewalker
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To: Salem; American in Israel; F15Eagle; ZULU; RoadTest; unionblue83; T.L.Sink; NYer

Ping!


17 posted on 11/21/2006 10:04:40 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (Regarding islam: Osculate meas Sanctas Romanas Ecclesiae nates)
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To: Spacewalker

I didn't thoroughly read the whole thing...but it sounded like he was saying John Calvin believed modern day Jews will be saved due to the pre-Christ covenant with Abraham--without faith in Christ.

I have never heard Calvin taught anything like this....which is in essence 2 ways of salvation.

Clearly covenant theology builds a greater link with the Old Testament than any other Christian theology, however, like the New Testament, and other orthodox theologies, proclaims after Messiah came, for all people, Jew and gentile alike, faith in Christ alone saves.


18 posted on 11/21/2006 5:15:28 PM PST by AnalogReigns (We really shouldn't sweat the small stuff...)
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To: AnalogReigns

Well not according to Calvin and predestination...


19 posted on 11/22/2006 4:38:02 PM PST by Spacewalker
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To: Spacewalker

Unlike the author of in this piece, please cite me where Calvin describes "predestination" instead of Christ as our Savior?

Every orthodox Christian believes in some form of predesination...either based on foreknowlege (Arminian) or election (Ephesians 1, Luther, and, yes Calvin).


20 posted on 11/22/2006 6:43:51 PM PST by AnalogReigns (We really shouldn't sweat the small stuff...)
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To: AnalogReigns

http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~wldciv/world_civ_reader/world_civ_reader_2/calvin.html


21 posted on 11/23/2006 11:52:59 AM PST by Spacewalker
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