Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Editorial

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Editorial

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In his books, Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective and Circumcision, the Hidden Trauma: How an American Cultural Practice Affects Infants and Ultimately Us All, anthropologist Dr. Ronald Goldman maintains that, as is true of the increasing controversial American practice of circumcision, "Jewish circumcision is dependent on the acceptance of cultural myths" (Goldman, Trauma, 303).

Where it touches on the same issue, A. N. Wilson in his book Paul: The Mind of the Apostle is equally as interesting. (Wilson is the literary editor of the British newspaper the Evening Standard.) When a Roman official asked, concerning circumcision, why God had not created man originally as he wanted him to be a rabbi replied that "it was in order that man should perfect himself by the fulfillment of a divine command." From the viewpoint of St. Paul the only agent for self-improvement was God (Wilson, 130-131). In Galatians 5:2-6, Paul writes "neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only things that counts is faith working through love. Nevertheless, despite Paul's opinion, enough Gentiles converted to Judaism or to the sect of Judaism that eventually became Christianity that the Flavian Emperors made it a capital offense for a Gentile to be circumcised (Wilson, 105). …

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