Supercessionism

Peter Berger makes some interesting parallels between supercessionism for Israel and the Church on the one hand, and Catholics and Protestants on the other.

At one level, his point stands – there are profound discontinuities between that can be lost in anti-supercessionist thinking. On the other hand, I don’t think he quite gets how theological anti-supercessionism actually embraces those differences in ways that supercessionists actually don’t. Once again, not an either/or but a both/and. Many theological supercessionists actually discount the discontinuities he describes (Israel is the OT church; the church is the new Israel, absorbing or inheriting all the OT promises in some form), while some anti-supercessiionists (dispensationalists, in particular) actually emphasize the discontinuities (so much so that Israel maintains a real, separate existence in at least some important respects). So the parallel breaks down, I think.

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