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JUDEO-CHRISTIAN ETHIC

Judeo-Christian Ethic or Judaeo-Christian Ethic refers to broad moral precepts associated with the Jewish and Christian religions, like the idea of responsibility for one's own actions and of redemption of the criminal or sinner through just punishment and repentance. Judeo-Christian ethics has been part of American politics, law and morals. Judeo-Christian ethics has also been part of the "American civil religion" since the 1940s. There is a long history of the Church in Europe enforcing a type of Judeo-Christian ethic upon combat, since all parties shared a similar religion. The modern rules for war are part of a Judeo-Christian ethic which dates back centuries.

The Jews, for instance, were not permitted by God to rape their captives, in stark contrast to other armies of the time. Orwell's usage of the term Judeo-Christian Ethic followed at least a decade of efforts by Jewish and Christian leaders, through such groups as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, to emphasize common ground. The term Judeo-Christian Ethic continued to gain currency in the 1940s. In part, Judeo-Christian Ethic was a way of countering antisemitism with the idea that the foundation of morals and law in the United States was a shared one between Jews and Christians. - Mark Silk (1984), Notes on the Judeo-Christian Tradition in America, American Quarterly 36(1). “While I respect the Judeo-Christian ethic, as well as the eastern philosophies and of course the teachings of Mohammed, I find that organized religion has corrupted those beliefs to justify countless atrocities throughout history. Were I to attend church, I'd be a hypocrite.” - Hyde. 

The Judeo-Christian Ethic and Freedom. Frank V. Vernuccio, J.D. - The Bronx Chronicle.
The Judeo-Christian ethic was a major philosophical turning point in human civilization. The Judeo-Christian ethic profoundly influences the West’s belief that each human being has rights not as part of a group, but as an independent person.

Informing Americans on Violence - The Media's Role - Deterioration of the Judeo-Christian ethic - Journal: Public Relations Review Volume:8 Issue:1 Dated:special issue (Spring 1982).
Abstract: Violence in America stems from:

(1) diversity, which contributes to alienation instead of community;

(2) individualism, which fosters a competitiveness that identifies 'winners' and 'losers,' with rage and despair fostered among the 'losers;'

(3) racism, whose brutalizing distortion of the rights of blacks has a continuing legacy in the alienation and violence of inner cities; and

(4) the frontier legacy of violence as the means of establishing dominance. The root cause of violence, however, is the deterioration of the Judeo-Christian ethic that has formed the moral consensus for behavior.

Leadership, Decision Making, and the Judeo-Christian Ethic. ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS, Heim, Robert L. Abstract : This study investigates whether the military decision-making qualities, as framed by the professional Army ethic, are endorsed by the Judeo- Christian values system. The author chose the four values of the professional Army ethic, loyalty, duty, selfless service, and integrity, as a research framework. The author also sampled and analyzed Judeo-Christian literature on leadership, ethics, morality, and decision making. Further, the author considered the lives of five outstanding biblical leaders from within Judeo-Christian history. The analysis revealed that the four values of the professional Army ethic are easily contained in the Judeo-Christian ethical values system. The author concluded that the Judeo-Christian ethic failed to endorse one quality of the professional Army ethic, partially endorsed one quality, and fully endorsed ten qualities. Decision making, Ethics, Professional Army Ethic Judeo-Christian ethic, Values, Morals.

Abortion, capital punishment and the Judeo-Christian ethic. Cameron P.