It was a dirty job, but somebody had to do it. A couple of months ago Gary asked me to take a look – into the dark corners of the internet – at this thing called Zeitgeist: the Movie. This internet “movie” boasts 15 million views worldwide and begins with the claim that “Jesus was the Solar deity of the Gnostic Christian sect, and like all other Pagan gods, he was a mythical figure. . . . Christianity, along with all other theistic belief systems, is the fraud of the age.” It spends about 45 minutes trying to persuade its viewers of this idea before moving on to more modern conspiracy theories.
I hesitate to even write this brief article, but as the only responder to my lengthy piece "Replacing ‘Replacement Theology’" so far, this guy deserves mention-if for nothing else than that he is prompt in responding. I am very interested in furthering this discussion, which is why I wrote to begin with, and a guy with a blog subtly titled "Anti-Preterist’s Blog" is all I can get, I’ll have to at least look at it for now.
In the midst of crisis, recession, and impending financial collapse, let us turn our heads upward and contemplate grander notions. Consider our position. Compare it with where we’ve been, and where, say, our grandparents and great-grandparents once were.
The aforementioned David Brog claims that after the Holocaust, the Roman Catholic Church and most mainline Protestant denominations recognized the danger of replacement theology and formally rejected it.
Even the extremes to which Jews were persecuted in the Middle Ages often came after attempts at evangelism. Granted, it is deplorable that persecution followed at all, but the attempted conversions (or even forced conversions) at least falsify the idea that the church had written off the Jews a priori.