In recent years “Judeo-Christian” heritage came to the forefront of the discourse in Europe along with the identity and future of the continent. Conservative politicians, decision makers, religious leaders, thinkers in Hungary more often referred to Europe’s Judeo-Christian roots—and the culture and value system derived from it—as the original identity of the old continent which needs to be preserved. The roots, which if Europe denies and abandons, can mislay its future. But what is exactly the Judeo-Christian tradition?
Firstly, I am not here to decide the thousand-year debate about the relation of Judaism and Christianity and how correct it is theologically to use it together as a phrase not just because the article sees Judeo-Christian phrase from a cultural and moral perspective. Therefore, I prefer to use the interpretation of Ellie Beth Stuckey from PragerU: ‘Judeo-Christian values consist of those beliefs and mores which Christianity derives from and shares with Judaism, including a belief in God as a benevolent, omnipotent creator, and the Ten Commandments.’
The term Judeo-Christian in sense of ethic and culture
was firstly used by George Orwell in 1939, along with the phrase “the Judaeo-Christian scheme of morals”. Then the concept to highlight the shared values of the Jews and Christians or Jews and the civilized world was a tool to counter spreading toxic Nazi anti-Semitism. The concept has gained much greater acceptance in the US and appeared first in big politics by Dwight D. Eisenhower and by the 1950s, many conservatives emphasized the Judeo-Christian roots of their values. Ronald Reagan saw Judeo-Christian values as an essential ingredient in the fight against communism highlighting the vast differences between the core of the value system of the West and communism. After 9/11 the concept of the Judeo-Christian heritage of the US has been changed in the name of inclusion by multiculturalism and ethno-religious pluralism according to Douglas Hartmann…
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