'The Story of the Jews' to premiere on PBS

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  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    March 22, 2014 5:38 p.m.

    I wonder what the modern world would look like without the Jewish invention of monotheism.

    There is a whole sub-genre of fantasy and science-fiction that deals with "alternate history" questions like this. As a fan of those stories it does make me wonder what a difference that one idea made on the course of history.

    I imagine there would be a lot less of the "my god is the only god, my truth the only truth and so I have to kill you for believing differently" mindset.

    I imagine that a society not shaped by the idea of one truth and one acceptable mode of behavior might be more open to recognizing personal choices and personal freedom.

    I imagine that science might prevail more readily in a society that welcomes new ideas rather than a society that sees any new idea as a challenge to religious truth - I wonder, without the religious imperative to stomp new ideas if we would already be living on other planets?

  • Semi-Strong Louisville, KY
    March 19, 2014 1:12 p.m.

    Sounds very interesting. I will look forward to this series. Thank you.