Changing the Attitude of Christian toward Jew: A Psychological Approach through Religion

Changing the Attitude of Christian toward Jew: A Psychological Approach through Religion

Changing the Attitude of Christian toward Jew: A Psychological Approach through Religion

Changing the Attitude of Christian toward Jew: A Psychological Approach through Religion

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"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."--PHILIPPIANS, IV:8.

Descriptions of the history, the symptoms, and the causes of anti-Semitism may be found in innumerable volumes. Prescriptions for the cure of anti-Semitism are few. A deeply rooted prejudice, hatred of the Jew, is further complicated by conscious and subconscious religious emotions. Heretofore, the anti-Jewish attitude could not be approached by experimentation similar to that which science requires for arriving at a tested therapy for any illness. Christians admitting anti-Jewish prejudice would have to submit themselves to experiments designed to eliminate or at least reduce their prejudice. To the author's knowledge, this is the first time that professing Christians have made themselves available to the social scientist for experimenting in methods for changing their attitudes toward the Jew.

To the five hundred and twenty-five Christian men and women who are the subjects of this book and to the Methodist Church of America and the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, under whose auspices these young people became my students, I wish to express my most profound gratitude. Shocked out of complacency by the demoniac bestiality of Nazi anti-Semitism and its universal threat to Christianity and democracy, these Protestant denominations together with thoughtful leaders throughout the Christian Church are seriously undertaking the most difficult task of trying to root . . .

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