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Christianity Blamed for Holocaust

March 03, 1985|Associated Press

LONDON — A Church of England bishop said in an article published Friday that Christianity "must take a major share of the blame" for the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jews.

John Baker, Bishop of Salisbury and one of his church's leading theologians, said Christianity has "spewed out" anti-Semitism from the earliest times.

He called for an act of "theological penitence" by Christians and urged them to disown "distorted features" of the New Testament.

The comments appeared in an article on racism and the Bible published by the church's Board for Social Responsibility.

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