>>>> Yes, I've always understood to some extent.
>>> I suppose I think that there are so few who actually
>>> convert, that it's not a major issue though.
>>> The major issue is assimilation.
>> Absolutely. I have never disagreed with you on this point at all.
>I agree too.
>This is why I have been reluctant to accept what superficially
>appears to be a friendly gesture from some Christian communities,
>namely, "oh well we're all part of a single 'Judeo-Christian'
>community/culture, we're just one value system very different
>from what these *other guys* (Muslims/Hindus/agnostics) have".
I'm not sure why you think assimilation is a
consequence of saying that we have a similar
culture. IMO *integration* is the *evidence* that
we have a similar culture and values. Jews are integrated.
Even very religious Jews are integrated.
>To the extent that there's a common value system, then
>the other religions share it too.
I don't agree, Rob.
There are heaps of religions teaching all sorts
> To the extent that there
>are differences, Jews are as much different from
>Christians as are these other folks.
I don't agree with this either.
Other communities are not integrated.
They aren't integrated because their culture and
values are too different.
>I don't want it suggested that there's a super-community
>of Jews+Christians whose average member is a Presbyterian or
But I've never heard anyone suggest that.