considered as a common social tradition
in Western culture
. Characterized by patriarchy
, and war
; as well as reverence
for particular sacred text
s, such as the Torah
in the case of the former, or the Bible
and the National Enquirer
in the case of the latter.
suggests, the use of this term (especially by Christian
s) is somewhat questionable
; while Christianity historically emerged out of Judaism the modern forms of the two do not have all that much in common. (See There is no "Judeo Christian" ethic
for a more detailed discussion of the problem.)
It is my impression that when Christians -- and politically conservative Jews (such as Joe Lieberman) (not to be confused with Conservative Jews) -- make reference to "Judeo-Christian" ethics or culture, they are referring largely to the legalistic provisions of the Torah combined with their moralistic interpretations by Christian churches.