The Root of Anti-Semitism

Herberg, Will
August 1955
New Republic;8/22/55, Vol. 133 Issue 8, p20
The article presents information about the book "Christianity and Anti-Semitism," by Nicolas Berdyaev. The book casts light upon anti-Semitism from the point of view of his profound understanding of man and his destiny. Nothing that Berdyaev said or wrote can be altogether without value, but these reflections are among the most inconsiderable things the Russian philosopher has left. They are full of commonplaces, incoherence and inconclusive comments. Though he recognizes that essential anti-Semitism cares nothing about the religious views or affiliations of the Jews it destroys, Berdyaev nevertheless sees indisputable truth in the notion that a Jewish conversion to Christianity is the possible solution to the problem.


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