"Judeo-Christian" has both always gotten on my nerves and seemed like an effort at good will. I see it as a way of defanging the worst sorts of anti-semitism-- the kind that presents Jews as malign aliens. This is something I really want defanged, and it isn't completely dead yet.
My usual reaction has been to say "I prefer 'Jewish and Christian' instead", which at least both respected my pretty mild annoyance and my desire not to swat down an effort at good will on an important matter.
There's obviously a fair amount going on behind that phrase, and at this point I'm curious-- if you're a Christian and use "Judeo-Christian" or used to use it, what do you think it means? What do you think other Christians think it means? Do you think Jews and Christians have things in common which aren't shared by other groups?
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