The new "Twelve Points of Berlin" recalls a 1947 document known as "Ten Points of Seelisberg," produced in the aftermath of the Holocaust in a small Swiss town during the "Emergency Conference on Anti-Semitism." Having studied the history of relations between Jews and Christians, conference participants were painfully aware that a perennial Christian "teaching of contempt" for Jews and Judaism had been exploited by the Nazis to horrific effect."For a long time you have produced the evidence that fruitful dialogue involves critique, and that it is not the search for the lowest common denominator," noted [Angela Merkel]. "Dialogue does not lead to a syncretism of religions of whatever sort. Dialogue is not idle chatter, but serious grappling with one another. In the process, your work transcends Christian-Jewish dialogue in the narrow sense, and for good reasons. Anti-Semitism, racism, hostility toward strangers, violence and contempt for democracy form an unholy alliance - an alliance of contempt for human beings. What has been learned in Jewish-Christian dialogue is therefore also important for other endangered relationships between people."
Jews and Christians Must Persevere in Lifting Their Voices in Dialogue Philip A Cunningham Jewish Exponent; Sep 10, 2009; 226, 25; Docstoc pg. 25 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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