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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, June 03, 2022
Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org.
In my series on the differences in moral outlook in Judaism and Christianity (OT Jews, NT Christians: Why such a different moral code?), I was trying to gain some insight into God’s plan of salvation, or God’s Providence. That plan unfolded over what to us is a very long period of time, including Creation, a period of human exile, the formation of God’s chosen people over more than a thousand years of history, and of course the coming of Jesus Christ and what that meant for the Law, morality and the spiritual life.
I was tempted a few times to stop the flow of my analysis in order to emphasize that most of us are not going to come to an initial position of Faith either by a general interpretation of God’s Providence or by a comparison of the Jewish and Christian understanding of morality. …