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Shhhh: Judeo-Christian Culture Is Actually...Superior
The American Thinker ^ | Stuart Schwartz

Posted on 04/06/2011 3:29:23 AM PDT by Scanian

Shhh. I am about to say is something so radical that it will jangle every politically correct nerve in your body. And yet...it is true. The founding and traditional culture of the United States, its Judeo-Christian heritage and boots-on-the-ground decency is superior to all other cultures this world has produced. And it certainly beats the radical worldview (part Marxist, part Islamic, and all thug) that our political and media elites -- led by the president of the United States -- are imposing upon us.

Scream if you must -- but then think. Think about what former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain -- Christian and African-American -- and so many others recognize as "the greatest country in the world." Outside of the cocoons of condescension wrapping the university and urban strongholds of our trendy elites, this is recognized not as jingoism but truth. Cain insists that our "unparalleled freedom" and "innovative and industrious people" have combined with "exceptional" American traditions to produce the single country to which most people want to come. Columnist/talk show host Dennis Prager notes that American success, as defined by freedom and economic opportunity, "refutes" all that our leftist elites hold dear.

So what does this mean? It means that centuries of Americans have largely been making right choices. Judeo-Christian culture joins the ability to choose -- also known as free will, a gift from God -- with an emphasis on individual restraint and good behavior. Choices that reflect the virtues arising from restraint (such as a respect for individuals regardless of gender, race or religion) are better than those that do not. Some combinations of choices are objectively superior to others. The choices made over time in the United States have produced a culture of greater value

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: christianheritage; institutionaldhate; judeochristian; media; superioramerica; universities

1 posted on 04/06/2011 3:29:29 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Every impoverished starving child in predominately Christian third world countries dreams of coming to America.

Now the leftists insist on taking this away from them.


2 posted on 04/06/2011 3:42:28 AM PDT by Soothesayer (smallpox is not a person)
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To: Scanian

Very true.

This does not therefore mean our culture is superior in all ways, of course, merely that it is superior overall.

And much of what makes our culture superior has been lost or degraded in recent decades.


3 posted on 04/06/2011 3:46:52 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Soothesayer
The Left would prefer that the whole world lived monolithically in grass huts (with them in charge, of course), than to allow any individual to be in a position of being able to stretch down a hand and lift another up.
4 posted on 04/06/2011 3:59:19 AM PDT by Pecos (Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: Pecos

If I cannot lift up the needy then I will crush the leftist vermin under heel. Either method makes the world better.


5 posted on 04/06/2011 4:03:36 AM PDT by Soothesayer (smallpox is not a person)
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To: Scanian

I am a little uncomfortable with this claim for two reasons. Why call it Judeo-Christian when in reality it is Christian? The Judeo-Christian part came to appease Jewish people who were persecuted in Europe and were anxious to fit in. Secondly, much of Europe and the West is based on Christian culture, but America alone stands for liberty. My main opposition to Europe and Latin America is that they hate us.


6 posted on 04/06/2011 4:05:41 AM PDT by JimWayne
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To: JimWayne

Probably because the “Christian” part is rooted in the “Judeo” part. Our Savior is a Jew.


7 posted on 04/06/2011 4:18:18 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: Graybeard58

Nobody denies that. Technically, socialism is rooted in Catholic religion as well which is rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition too. I think America deserves more credit than the rest of the Western world which would all be socialist but for us. Even now, politicians in Europe win elections by calling themselves socialist. It wouldn’t work here. So there is something else about America. Ayn Rand was not religious, but her works have sold in huge numbers here.


8 posted on 04/06/2011 4:24:08 AM PDT by JimWayne
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To: Scanian

Prov 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.


9 posted on 04/06/2011 4:25:21 AM PDT by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS, TRAITORS AND UFO CHASERS!!!)
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To: JimWayne
I believe that most of our laws, before there were millions of them, were rooted in moral law, from the Bible. Not that we were original, English common law derived from the same place. Not all law, mind you but many.
10 posted on 04/06/2011 4:32:26 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Of course Obama loves his country. The thing is, Sarah loves mine.)
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To: JimWayne
Technically, socialism is rooted in Catholic religion as well which is rooted in Judeo-Christian tradition too.

Socialism is rooted in the denial of God.

11 posted on 04/06/2011 4:37:54 AM PDT by McBuff
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To: Scanian
Oh.... this goes against the grain of PC

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

12 posted on 04/06/2011 4:38:12 AM PDT by expatguy (Support "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" - DONATE)
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To: Graybeard58
Our Savior is a Jew.

I don't think that's a defensible position historically, philosophically or religiously.

13 posted on 04/06/2011 4:40:00 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: McBuff
Socialism is rooted in the denial of God.

Not so. That is Communism. In both cases, the economic ideas trump all other ideas. Early Christianity focused on charity, opposing interest rates (called it usury) and there is the famous verse against rich people entering heaven. The conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland was seen by Karl Marx as a war between land grabbers (allegedly, these were Protestants) and those who wanted to give land to the poor (Catholics).

The question of God is a minor issue in the whole game.

14 posted on 04/06/2011 4:49:12 AM PDT by JimWayne
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To: JimWayne
The values in the NT & OT are the same.

The NT just gets to the point quicker and spells it out clearer :-)

15 posted on 04/06/2011 4:54:06 AM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: 1010RD

“Our Savior is a Jew.
I don’t think that’s a defensible position historically, philosophically or religiously.”

It is if you change “is”to “was”.


16 posted on 04/06/2011 4:54:54 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: JimWayne

I’d discuss this with you, but I don’t know which error to deal with first.


17 posted on 04/06/2011 4:56:26 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: RoadTest

Do you mean that Jesus evolved away from Judaism religiously or philosophically? That he was born a Jew, grew up a Jew, but eventually left that remnant religion?


18 posted on 04/06/2011 5:01:34 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: JimWayne
Technically, socialism is rooted in Catholic religion

No it's not

From the Catholic Encyclopedia (published originally in 1912): But, in order to understand fully what Socialism is and what it implies, it is necessary first to glance at the history of the movement, then to examine its philosophical and religious tendencies, and finally to consider how far these may be, and actually have proved to be, incompatible with Christian thought and life.

19 posted on 04/06/2011 5:03:19 AM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: 1010RD

“Do you mean that Jesus evolved away from Judaism religiously or philosophically? That he was born a Jew, grew up a Jew, but eventually left that remnant religion?”

Before He laid down His life, He was half Jewish human by blood line and the other half the nondenominational God.

After He came back from the dead He had a new spiritual body that I don’t think could be called Jewish. God tore the veil in th etemple in two when Christ expired, thus opening the way for us to come directly to God through Jesus.


20 posted on 04/06/2011 5:08:19 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: Tribune7

“From the Catholic Encyclopedia (published originally in 1912): But, in order to understand fully what Socialism is and what it implies, it is necessary first to glance at the history of the movement, then to examine its philosophical and religious tendencies, and finally to consider how far these may be, and actually have proved to be, incompatible with Christian thought and life.”

For once I have to agree with the Catholic position.


21 posted on 04/06/2011 5:10:25 AM PDT by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: RoadTest
“Do you mean that Jesus evolved away from Judaism religiously or philosophically? That he was born a Jew, grew up a Jew, but eventually left that remnant religion?” Before He laid down His life, He was half Jewish human by blood line and the other half the nondenominational God. After He came back from the dead He had a new spiritual body that I don’t think could be called Jewish. God tore the veil in th etemple in two when Christ expired, thus opening the way for us to come directly to God through Jesus.

Oh, good grief, you people! Enough with the thread hijacking already.

Sheesh.

22 posted on 04/06/2011 5:27:13 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (A half-truth masquerading as the whole truth becomes a complete untruth. (J.I. Packer)
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To: 1010RD

Wow, just wow. Really?

I’d like to hear a bit of your reasoning for that particular bit of nonsense.


23 posted on 04/06/2011 5:28:56 AM PDT by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: RoadTest

He is, as He is still living.


24 posted on 04/06/2011 5:30:00 AM PDT by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: 1010RD; Graybeard58

As Archie Bunker said - sure, Jesus was a Jew, but only on his mother’s side.


25 posted on 04/06/2011 5:34:14 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: JimWayne

“Why call it Judeo-Christian when in reality it is Christian?”

Christianity is essentially - from its beginnings - a Jewish “cult.”

Christ was a Jew as were all the apostles. And while Luke was a gospel writer and a gentile, he was not an apostle. He was Paul’s fellow-traveler.

The name “Christian” (originally pronounced Christ-eee-an) - first used in Antioch - was originally a term of derision used to taunt Jewish believers.


26 posted on 04/06/2011 6:27:44 AM PDT by Stingray (Stand for the truth or you'll fall for anything.)
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To: McBuff

It’s a completely and utterly bogus claim. If Communism were rooted in Catholicism, why don’t we see it until after the Reformation?


27 posted on 04/06/2011 6:39:24 AM PDT by BenKenobi (Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. - Silent Cal)
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To: RaceBannon

Thank you for my new Tag Line

Prov 29:2


28 posted on 04/06/2011 6:40:49 AM PDT by Tomato lover (Prov 29:2 - look it up)
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To: RoadGumby

Which particular bit do you want to know more about?


29 posted on 04/06/2011 1:51:08 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

This nonsense you posted.

Our Savior is a Jew.

I don’t think that’s a defensible position historically, philosophically or religiously.


30 posted on 04/06/2011 2:20:57 PM PDT by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: RoadGumby

Is this a discussion in which one or the other of us will learn something? Are you interested in new knowledge or just defending your beliefs?


31 posted on 04/06/2011 2:28:20 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

Sir, or Ma’am,

I believe that Jesus is/was the Son of God and the Son of man; that He followed Gods will, came to earth, born of a virgin; He led a perfect, sinless life; laid His life down and died on the cross; was buried in a borrowed tomb; and rose again on the third day; He ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God and will return to this earth.

In His words He came to find that which was lost - the Jewish nation, the people of God. He was rejected and His salvation was extended to all. Jesus the man was a Jew. And when one accepts Him as Savior, one is grafted into the vine, the vine of Gods people.

If you say that I am just defending my beliefs, so be it. But to try to ‘teach’ me that what is above is wrong, well, you would be wasting your time and this forums bandwidth.

If you will not consider that that which I have written is true, then you do not wish to ‘learn’ either.


32 posted on 04/07/2011 4:35:16 AM PDT by RoadGumby (For God so loved the world)
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To: RoadGumby
And when one accepts Him as Savior, one is grafted into the vine, the vine of Gods people.

Just a matter of imagery, but we're grafted, as wild olive branches, into the cultivated tree of Israel, according to Paul (Romans 11:24). Jesus spoke about himself as the vine and our necessity of abiding in him as productive branches.
33 posted on 04/07/2011 4:40:16 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: RoadGumby
Good, then let's have a conversation.

I believe that Jesus is/was the Son of God and the Son of man; that He followed Gods will, came to earth, born of a virgin; He led a perfect, sinless life; laid His life down and died on the cross; was buried in a borrowed tomb; and rose again on the third day; He ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God and will return to this earth.

Accepted.

In His words He came to find that which was lost - the Jewish nation, the people of God. He was rejected and His salvation was extended to all. Jesus the man was a Jew. And when one accepts Him as Savior, one is grafted into the vine, the vine of Gods people.

Can you show me exactly which verse of scripture you are referring to? I think I know, but I want to be certain. Also, can you define Jew for me so that we're not talking at cross purposes?

34 posted on 04/09/2011 12:00:07 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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