In "Jesus of Nazareth-Part II" excerpts released Wednesday, Benedict explains biblically and theologically why there is no basis in Scripture for the argument that the Jewish people as a whole were responsible for Jesus' death.
Interpretations to the contrary have been used for centuries to justify the persecution of Jews.Riiiiight. Since when have antisemitic assholes, just like any sort of racist or ethnocentric assholes, ever let something like this get in the way of their hatred?
While the Catholic Church has for five decades taught that Jews weren't collectively responsible, Jewish scholars said Wednesday the argument laid out by the German-born pontiff, who has had his share of mishaps with Jews, was a landmark statement from a pope that would help fight anti-Semitism today.
Here's a better one: first of all, according to Christian theology, Jesus was supposed to die. That was kinda the whole point. So whoever "killed Jesus" was the catalyst for mankind's salvation.
But there's an even better one: there's not one shred of contemporaneous evidence that Christ as described in the Bible even existed in the first place, and the entire Bible is filled with myths and hagiography that is bereft of corroborating historical evidence.
I mean really, the best way to realize all that antisemitism is silly is to accept the fact that none of the stories it's centered on are actually true.