Jews and Christians will need God's grace to carry on the conversations that have now begun. They must do so for the sake of the communities of faith they are called to serve, and they can do so because they share a common hope for the coming of the Messiah round whom all their disagreements circle and in whom all their divisions will be overcome. It is this second scenario that faith calls Christians to prefer, but without forgetting assimilationist dangers. Whether this is also the future for which Jews should strive is for them to decide.
A Jewish Response
TIKVA FRYMER-KENSKY, DAVID NOVAK,
PETER OCHS, DAVID FOX SANDMEL,
AND MICHAEL A. SIGNER
MICHAEL SIGNER: During the past fifty years, after serious soul searching, many Christians have concluded that their supersessionist attitudes toward Jews and Judaism have led them away from the deepest demands of their faith. For more than thirty years since the Second Vatican Council ( 1965), many Christians from all over the world have reached out in friendship to the Jewish people. Pope John Paul II has reiterated, in many speeches, that God's covenant with the Jewish people continues and that Jews have an abiding relationship with the Land of Israel. Pope John Paul has called upon Christians to engage