The Holocaust Story

If the Holocaust was an event in history, it should be open to the routine critical examination to which all other historical events are open. Those who feel it right to argue against the “unique monstrosity” of the Germans should be free to do so. No one should be imprisoned for thought crimes. Contrary to how Hollywood and the Israeli-Firsters have it, the Holocaust story is not about Jews. It’s about Jews and Germans together, inseparable, for all time to come.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Re: "Regarding Gaza -- and then the rest of it"

The post "Regarding Gaza" seems out of place on a Blog dedicated to "The Holocaust Story." I would think that unless in a more generalized historical revisionist blog, such a piece does not belong. An overfocus on things Jewish seems to bring creedance to the negative claims of revisionism's detractors. One of course could argue some 3500 year conspiracy theory (ala Douglas Reed) to connect such events and to attempt to show that the modern state of Israel is somehow not justified to exist. Such huge conspiracy theories like "The Conspiracy of Zion" and the more recent super-popular "The DaVinci Code" are fictions.

Without belaboring a topic which doesn't belong in the first place, the article in question contains assertions about the falsity of the Old Testament or the Hebrew Bible without evidence. The opposite position can be found as well. Jewish scholar Nelson Glueck has observed, "It is worth emphasizing that in all this work no archaeological discovery has ever controverted a single, properly understood biblical statement." In recent years archaeology has actually confirmed countless passages which were formerly rejected by critics as unhistorical or contradictory to known facts.

Without further discussion of the archaeological and historical evidence it may be worth noting that any such attack on the Old Testament is also an attack on the New. Jesus taught that the Old Testament is divinely authoritative, infallible, inerrant, historically reliable, and scientifically accurate. There are countless New Testament affirmations of Old Testament events. I would direct those interested to Norman Geisler and Frank Turek's recent work "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist."

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