“The next time you write about what “Abrahamic” faiths believe or do, consider whether your comments sincerely apply to each and every Abrahamic faith. Does it apply to the Sufi? The Jews? The liberal sects of Christianity? Do you know enough to be able to say whether it does or not? If you are mad at mainline Christianity, maybe your beef ends there.”
At Patheos’ Agora, Aliyah bat Stam fabulously explains the nonsense of the phrase ‘Judeo-Christian values’. I am quite certain almost every protestant Christian I know uses this phrase regularly, and thus lets Christianity absorb Judaism. Interestingly, none of these Christians would be comfortable hearing about ‘Christian-Islamic values.
Make sure you read the entire article here.
Partly due to this article, I will never again talk of the Abrahamic religions as if they were a unity. It is incorrect, hurtful to many Jews, and moreover will rob Pagans of a potential ally. There is no earthly reason why we Pagans should allow Christianity to dictate the terms of understanding any religious tradition, and this includes Judaism. As P. Sufenas Virius Lupus once wrote:
I do not accept what some Jews, most Christians, and all Muslims say theologically about their various gods in a number of manners (e.g. the singular and true/only supreme deity, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, transcendent, etc.), nor am I required to do so since I am not a Jew, Christian, or Muslim. Just because I’m tolerant of those religions, and am accepting of their members, doesn’t mean I have to agree with them nor do I have to affirm the reality or the veracity of their theological claims, whether generally or in a specific interfaith context; and, I can do this while still giving them the utmost respect they deserve as human.