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May 17, 2011

Re: Are the Jews the Chosen People?

Topics: Faith

Dennis Prager writes that after a lifetime of study of the issue, including writing (with Rabbi Joseph Telushkin) a book on anti-Semitism ("Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism") he's convinced that along with all the rational explanations, there is one explanation that transcends reason alone - that the obsession with one of the smallest countries and smallest peoples on earth, and the unique hatred of the Jews and the Jewish state by the world's most vicious ideologies, can be best explained only in transcendent terms. Namely that God, for whatever reason, indeed chose the Jews:

[W]ith regard to chosen-ness being an irrational or even bizarre claim, it must be so only to atheists. They don't believe in a Chooser, so they cannot believe in a Chosen. But for most believing Jews and Christians (most particularly the Founders who saw America as a Second Israel, a second Chosen People), Jewish Chosen-ness has been a given. And even the atheist must look at the evidence and conclude that the Jews play a role in history that defies reason.

Can reason alone explain how a hodgepodge of ex-slaves was able to change history -- to introduce the moral God-Creator we know as God; to write the world's most influential book, the Bible; to devise ethical monotheism; to be the only civilization to deny the cyclical worldview and give humanity belief in a linear (i.e., purposeful) history; to provide morality-driven prophets and so much more -- without God playing the decisive role in this people's history?

Read the whole thing.

At the time of this writing, Prager's piece has drawn 532 comments ... and growing. Liberals are aghast, Muslims will certainly be ... , well, you know. Although Prager makes a good case for Jews being God's chosen people, however after all is said and done, believers will believe, unbelievers will not. Being Catholic, count me as one of the believers.

Posted by Hyscience at May 17, 2011 5:24 PM



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