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A common opposition to anti-Semitism both here and overseas. Evangelicals have been among the most public supporters of Israel within the Christian community. The reason for that support of modern Israel has been described in another section of this booklet. ” While mainline churches have been highly critical of certain Israeli policies, many American Jews and Israelis have warmly welcomed the Evangelicals’ strong support of the Jewish state. S. and UN officials regarding the pressing needs and concerns of Israel.

By this definition, all Christian churches are “evangelical,” that is, they seek 34 A Jewish Guide to Interreligious Relations to spread the “good news” of the Gospels to the entire world. However, within the United States, the term “evangelical” is generally associated with those Christians, mostly Protestants, who affirm that the Bible, both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, is the sole authority for religious belief and practice. Among some Evangelicals this affirmation of biblical truth is termed inerrancy.

Eastern Orthodox Christians did not accept the claims to spiritual primacy of the bishop of Rome, the pope, and in 1054 there was a permanent break, the “Great Schism,” between Western and Eastern Christianity. ) closely linked church and state, and a rich mixture of faith and culture emerged. The rise of Islam in the East placed exceptional pressure on Eastern Orthodoxy, and in 1453 Constantinople fell to the Muslims. Today the Turkish city is better known as Istanbul. The ecumenical patriarch is the spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians, and he resides in Istanbul, although few of his followers still live in Turkey.

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