Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Why Hate the Jews?

Random thought resurrected by listening to a piece on NPR about the gospel according to Judas: how is it that Christians have through history villified the Jews for having turned Jesus over to the Romans for crucifiction, when the death of Jesus (in my mind the willingness of Jesus to die relying on his faith that he was in fact the son of god and would be resurrected) is the central act that redeemed their sorry asses? Did the Jews not do them a favor?


Boltz said...

Because hating is not a logical action. It is a reflex stored in our minds and is strengthened over the years through constant reinforcement (for e.g. if friends and family reward you for hating a particular object, belief or peoples, it reinforces that hatred).

ardeb said...

That is true, but it's rare to find someone who doesn't come up with a rationale for why they hate someone else, even when it is simply a gut-level reaction.