Monday, January 26, 2009
[Participants in a recent Holocaust denial conference. Were they sincere?]
An interesting idea which occurred to me recently is that the very fact that people convert to Judaism would seem to confirm the truth of Judaism.
There is no good reason to convert to Judaism except that Judaism is the truth or because of marriage to a Jew. In my case, for example, marriage was obviously not a motive because I was only 16 years old. All the emotional benefits of religion, for example the comforting belief in an afterlife, can be found more easily in Christianity. I think that this may also help explain the fact that European Jews have on the average higher levels of intelligence than other ethnic groups - the most highly intelligent European gentiles converted. (I happen to be a member of Mensa, the national high IQ society.)
On the other hand, the reasons to convert from Judaism to atheism, although atheism is clearly false, are quite obvious. The main one would be the ability to indulge in sex outside marriage without guilt.
I think it's somewhat similar to the Holocaust. There would seem to be no good reason for gentile historians to believe in the Holocaust if it did not happen. On the other hand, there are clearly several reasons for gentile historians to deny the Holocaust although it did happen - anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism, and so on.
This also helps us to understand why the Jews are the eternal people. There will always be some honest people in the world and therefore there will always be Jews. Other ideologies, based on fantasy and imagination, constantly change, appear and disappear.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 5:15 AM