Christian Attitudes Towards the State of Israel

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jun 14, 2001 - History - 266 pages
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Paul Merkley draws on the published literature of the World Council of Churches, the Middle East Council of Churches, the Roman Catholic Church, and other Christian organizations that have an interest in the question of Israel's past, present, and future, and on interviews with numerous key figures within the government of Israel, spokesmen for the Palestine Authority, and leaders of all the major pro and anti-Zionist Christian organizations to demonstrate that Christian attitudes towards Israel remain remarkably polarized. To most evangelical and fundamentalist Christians, loyalty to Israel is a kind of second patriotism, nurtured by the conviction that Israel's restoration is a part of God's plan for history. However mainstream Protestantism champions "Palestinian nationalism" and, drawing on the rhetoric of the Middle East Council of Churches, does not hesitate to portray Israel as an Aoppressor." Merkley concludes that Christian attitudes towards Israel reflect fundamental theological attitudes that must be studied against the long historical background of Christian attitudes towards Judaism and Islam.
  

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Contents

Israels Reappearance in the Company
3
The Birth and Early Adventures of the State of Israel
9
Christian Attitudes towards the State of Israel
21
Christians in the Holy Land
51
The Palestinians
94
The Church and Islam
103
Roman Catholic Attitudes in Transition
134
Christian Zionism and Christian AntiZionism
161
The Issue in Current
195
2 1
221
Bibliography
243
Index
259
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Paul Charles Merkley is professor emeritus, history, Carleton University, and the author of The Politics of Christian Zionism, 1891-1948.

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