I have heard it said that one can be Jewish without believing in God. I came across an article by a rabbi who tears that notion to shreds. But the problem he cites and the issues he raises are relevant for Christians–and those who claim to be Christians–also.
Warren Goldstein, the chief rabbi of South Africa, has written an article for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a wire service, entitled Judaism without God? God forbid, says South Africa’s chief rabbi.
He is responding to an earlier article by Andrew Silow-Carroll, who describes the phenomenon as “fictionalism.” Silow-Carroll defines the term as “pretending to follow a set of beliefs in order to reap the benefits of a set of actions.” He quotes philosopher Philip Goff, who relates the term also to Christianity: