Our Failure to React

Method in Christian Moral Theology after the Holocaust
  • Mark E. Gammon
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Abstract

I spent last summer working for an organization called Seeds of Peace; its purpose is to bring Arab and Israeli teenagers together to a summer camp in Maine. While there is a regular camp programme, much like any other summer camp in the United States, there were religious services for Jews and Muslims on Fridays and for Christians on Sundays. Although I was not hired to do so, I found myself serving as the unofficial pastor for the small Christian population of the camp, meaning a few of the Arab campers and a small number of the staff. Part of what I did was to preach at the Sunday services, which I came to call ‘exhibition worship’ due to the presence of more Jews and Muslims than Christians.

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