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This near-pathological hatred is based on a wildly untrue, ignorant and perverse reading of the Hebrew Bible as a handbook of genocide, enslavement, world domination and racial exclusivism — whereas it is actually the origin of the doctrine of loving your neighbour as yourself and laying down codes of behaviour that put the interests of others first.

This surely gets at the reason for this hatred. For in order to protect others, the moral laws of the Hebrew Bible put chains on the human appetite. They put constraints on individual behaviour in order to benefit the community. and the first commandment of the secular cultural revolution is to remove all constraints on the individual, whose own wants and desires and feelings are now deemed to trump all external rules.

Ideologies inescapably destroy reason because they reshape reality, which has to be made to fit the governing idea. Factual evidence or logic are therefore an impediment to ideology, and without those there can be no exercise of reason.

It is a remarkable fact that every secular millenarian ideology that forms today’s orthodoxy and that distorts or denies truth, reality or Western morality is innately hostile to Jewish values, the Jewish people or the State of Israel. Anti-capitalism involves the belief that the Jews are behind capitalism. Anti-Americanism involves that belief plus the belief that the Jews control American foreign policy in their own interests. Egalitarianism involves denying the responsibility for individual behaviour laid down in the Mosaic laws. Multiculturalism denies the superiority of society based on those laws over societies that are not. Environmentalism attacks the account in the Book of Genesis of the formation of the world, in which the “dominion” of mankind over the earth is deemed to be an example of divine imperialism or colonialism which must be destroyed by removing man from his position at the pinnacle of creation and substituting the natural world itself in his place. Scientism, or the belief that materialism is the explanation for everything including the origin of the universe, denies the Biblical belief that the origin of all matter lies beyond matter. And anti-Zionism is of course the denial of the right of the Jewish people to self-determination in their ancestral homeland.

From man-made global warming to Israel, from US foreign policy to the origin of the universe, the West has replaced truth by ideology. Now, the West is itself facing an external enemy from aggressive jihadi Islamism. In the Islamist onslaught, the West is confronting an ideology which hijacks evidence and distorts and falsifies it for its own ends. Yet as I have indicated, the West has been doing precisely the same thing.

The correspondences between Western “progressives” and the Islamists are really quite remarkable. Both are attempting to create utopias to redeem past sins; both permit no dissent from the one revealed truth; both demonise and seek to suppress their opponents; both project their own bad behaviour onto others; both are consumed by paranoid conspiracy theories.
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Gavin Stoffberg
March 14th, 2018
3:03 PM
Thanks for a great article. Loved it!

Madge Hirsch
March 14th, 2018
10:03 AM
It is obvious that Melanie Phillips has never bothered to aquaint herself on any but the sketchiest level with Hinduism. One could argue that the order of the 10 incarnations of Vishnu were an example of evolution just as much as anything to be found in Genesis.I would suggest that the arrested development of science in Hindu India has a lot more to do with the devastation caused by neverending Islamic invasions and the reduction of the Hindu population to dhimmi status rather than cyclical notions of time. As for the tyranny of atheism there was plenty of tyranny around before the 20th century.And just look what that wonderfully vibrant Bible Belt has produced- a great deal of hypocrisy, lots of people who believe the earth is only 6,000 years old and Trump for POTUS. As for asserting that the stuff in the OT is more factual than the so called miracles of Christianity because "it happened to us"- pathetic.

Naomi King
March 12th, 2018
7:03 AM
The comments above simply prove that atheism is irrational and stupid.

Elisabeth Holland
March 12th, 2018
2:03 AM
The Hebrew Bible reveals that God is holy/pure/ righteous/just and as such is the true judge of sin. It is very hard for us to comprehend the holiness of God and just how bad sin is. Sin always perverts truth. There are so called Christians who deny the resurrection of Jesus but this is to fail to recognize the nature of God as holy, the creator and redeemer who indeed makes rational the resurrection. The Hebrew Bible points to redemption of our sin-sick sorry world through the unexpected means of the death of Jesus and its story is brought to fruition in the New Testament, but we need to read both books carefully as ask God to reveal himself to us as we do.

Claire Khaw
March 10th, 2018
10:03 PM
Judaism - Thesis Christianity - Antithesis Islam - Synthesis It is disappointing that Melanie Phillips does not mention at all the absurdity of the doctrine of the Trinity which requires all who wish to identify as Christian to say they believe that Christ is the co-equal of God. From this requirement flows cowardice, irrationality and hypocrisy leading to Westerners throwing out the morality of Christianity with the bathwater of the Trinity. explains the irrationality of Christianity rather well, I think. Tertullian’s views are those of a fanatic. But they have not been without influence. A certain strand within Christianity has always applauded this posture, and its echoes continue to be heard down to our own day. We find a similar position, in which Christian faith is taken to be “an absurdity to the understanding,” being advanced in the writings of Kierkegaard, for example: What, then, is the absurd? The absurd is that the eternal truth has come into existence in time, that God has come into existence, has been born, has grown up, etc., has come into existence… as an individual human being…. [in other words,] the absurd is precisely the object of faith, and only that can be believed…. Christianity… has required the inwardness of faith with regard to what is… an absurdity to the understanding. In the same vein, C.S. Lewis speaks of the things that Jesus asks mankind to believe, if judged by human standards, as “asinine fatuity” and “lunacy”: [Y]ou will see that what this man said was, quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered by human lips…. asinine fatuity is the kindest description we should give…. in the mouth of any speaker who is not God, these words would imply what I can only regard as a silliness and conceit unrivalled by any other character in history…. a man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said… would either be a lunatic—on a level with a man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the devil of Hell. Christian faith requires belief in things that are repugnant to human reason, which permits contemporary commentators to speak of biblical faith as though it purposely stands in opposition to the dictates of human reason.

David MacKenzie
March 10th, 2018
8:03 PM
A fascinating article, and well worth the read. As an evangelical Pastor, I appreciate the Jewish and Torah apologetic. It's interesting to hear arguments from your perspective.

March 10th, 2018
4:03 PM
The more corrupt the character, the more they hate the idea that they will face God for judgement.

David Anon
March 9th, 2018
10:03 PM
I wonder, Laurence, what future generations will make of our enlightened society's attempts to eliminate the likes of ISIS?

Rev., DAvid Morgan
March 9th, 2018
7:03 PM
Excellent and brilliant argument for the fundamental belief in the Holy Scriptures (OT and NT) the source of our 'weltanschauung' and shalom! Thank you Melanie.

March 6th, 2018
6:03 AM
Regarding the Richard Dawkins quote: how exactly is this a "wildly untrue, ignorant and perverse reading of the Hebrew Bible"? Every one of those adjectives can be justified by stories and quotes directly from the Bible. You can't get away with lying about your holy books these days Melanie- we know whats in them!

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