Jewish-Christian Relations

Though Jews and Christians have had a complicated and tense relationship, relations today are better than ever.

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Given evangelicals' power within the Republican party and flagging support for Israel among political and religious liberals, conservative Christians' support for the Jewish state has proven valuable to the American-Israeli alliance. In addition, as Orthodox Jewish institutions increasingly emphasize political lobbying and other public roles, they often find themselves in synch with evangelical Christians on other political and social issues as well.

The Future

None of the issues that have separated Jews and Christians have disappeared entirely; change is evolutionary, especially when dealing with age-old religious beliefs. But the changes in the Jewish-Christian relationship since the postwar years bode well for a future in which these religious "cousins" can live together peacefully, with a level of mutual respect unknown until now.

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Michael Kress

Michael Kress is the executive editor of He was also the the VP of Editorial and Managing Editor at Beliefnet and the founding editor-in-chief of