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May 18, 1973 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-05-18

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Conversionist Programs
Rejected by Dr. Eckardt

A work of great signifi- live responsibly whe,n we en:
cance in the library of Chris- sure that the door remains
tian approaches to fullest open. A Christian missionary
cooperation with the Jewish program for the Jewish peo-
community is "Elder and ple could be granted unex-
Younger Brothers — The En- ceptional support only if the
counter of Jews and Chris- original Covenant with Is-
tians" by Prof. A. Roy rael were contradicted or an-
Eckardt of Lehigh Univer- nulled by the open Covenant
sity, reissued as a paperback with the church, But the very
opposite is the case. The
by Schocken.
Concerning himself with church is God's instrument
the theological problems that for the universalization of the
affected Christian-Jewish re- single Covenant. And origi.
lations, Dr. Eckardt, one of nal Israel, insofar as it i5
the most noted philo-Semites granted God's grace, is al-
of this generation, draws ready with God.
upon the Old and New Testa-
"The conversionist pro-
ments, upon the writings of gram must finally be opposed
the most gifted scholars and not prudentially but in prin-
upon historical experiences to ciple, that is to say, through
emphasize a call for apprecia- the very nature of Christian
tion of the heritage from faith itself. Conversionism as
Judaism and the urgency of a policy is a theological im-
establishing the best rela- possibility. It is forbidden to
tions between the two faiths. us to engage in any such pro-
There is the declaration: gram — not for those prag-
"A Christian theology of the matic and latitudinarian rea-
Jewish-Christian relationship sons so dear to my country-
is called to proclaim from the men's hearts, not for reasons
Christian side what Franz of expediency, induced per-
Rosenzweig h a s expressed haps by the Holocaust or
from the Jewish side: Juda- some other historical evil,
ism is the 'star of redemp- and certainly not in order to
tion,' Christianity the rays of make happy, or to establish
that star. The church is 'suc- a pleasant relationship with
cessor' of Israel in only one any parties, secular or reli-
respect and no other: by vir- gious. who stand beyond the
tue of the Christian gospel, Christian community of faith.
the dividing wall between In contrast to all such pres-
Jew and gentile is destroyed sures, the impossibility of the
once and for all. The abiding conversionist program is
Covenant with Israel is deci- grounded in a strictly Chris-
sively and definitely opened tian confessional - theological
to the world in a way that affirmation. For if the Jew-
Jewish faith does not pro- ish people are not already
members of the family of
vide."
God, we who are gentiles re-
*
Prof. Eckardt of Pennsyl- main lost and without hope.
vania argues strongly against The Covenant into which
conversions. He declares (ital- Jesus the Jew ostensibly
leads us would be revealed
ics his):
"How could we ever con- as a delusion. This is way it
tend that the continuing ex- must be said, with many
istance of original Israel is heartaches and in all charity
a matter of the faithfulness toward the "missionaries to
of God if at the same time the Jews," that in principle
we advocate a policy that had the conversionist program is
as its ultimate consequence another veiled, although
the historical dissolution of (hopefully) unknowing, at-
original Israel? To keep the tack upon the essence of
door of the church open is Christian faith itself."
He supplements this Chris-
thus revealed as an entirely
opposite position from any tological view based on the
program to seek out Jews for Franz Rosenzweig philosophy
purposes of conversion. No by stating: "Yet the church
practical distinction is more must, in freedom embody
crucial than this one within within itself as well the
our entire subject. The closed stumbling block that is
door means anti-Semitism. Israel; otherwise, it has not
But the missionary visitation truly joined the covenant-

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Lou Gordon and Rabbi
Leon Fram will tackle a
chief promotor of proselyti-
zation and the Key 73 pro-
gram, on the Lou Gordon
program, Channel 50, 10 p.m.
Saturday.
They will confront Moshe
Rosen, a convert to Christian-
ity, who has been a leading
figure in promoting proselyti-
zation among Jews.
The Key 73 campaign has
been a concern of leading
Jewish groups, by the Ameri-
can Jewish Committee and
American Jewish Congress.
Many liberal Christians have
repudiated the Key 73 pro-
gram.
But Moshe Rosen has been

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Year-Round

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
Israeli Cabinet decided un-
animously Sunday to place
the summer visitors scheme
for Arabs from neighboring
countries on a year-round
basis.

The proposal was made by
Defense Minister Moshe Day-
an and Interior Minister
Yosef Burg.

Cabinet Secretary Michael
Arnon said the same regula-
tions that prevail for Arabs
visiting relatives in the ad-
ministered areas during the
summer would be applied to
those visiting at other times. ,

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adamant, he has claimed to
be a rabbi and has pursued
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Lou Gordon recalled, when
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