How many times have we heard the left complain of the “Christian Far Right,” with shadowy images of the Ku Klux Klan or Gospel-singing bumpkins in overalls in the background of that phrase? This mockable creature, this crude caricature of what is often called “social conservatism,” does, indeed, have roots in Christianity. But those Christian roots of social conservatism are entirely derived from Judaism. The Christian Right is really the Judeo-Christian Right. When the New Testament speaks of sins like adultery, drunkenness, pornography, abortion, homosexual acts, dishonesty, idolatry, and Sabbath-breaking, those are sins rooted in the Old Testament, in Jewish law, something which Jesus and the apostles never excuse or condone.  The Jewish notion of sin was unique in the pre-Christian ancient world.

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