Many Jewish authorities consider Christianity to be idolatry due to their belief in a "Holy Trinity." Is that position universal for all Christians, or is it specific only to particular individuals or denominations that actually believe in the trinity?

In particular, is Unitarianism widely considered to be idolatry among rabbinic authorities?


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Generally speaking, no it's not "idolatry."

(Like Islam, it does not accept our Written and Oral Law as binding on Jews and thus it would be "heresy" for a Jew to follow, but not idolatry per se.)

Rabbi Yehuda Herzl Henkin therefore allows one to enter a Unitarian church, and similarly Rabbi Hershel Schachter allows a Unitarian church to be converted into a synagogue. (Whereas if a building had been constructed to house and protect an "idol", there would be serious problems for Jews to use that building for any purpose.)

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    Do you have citations for your claims that R' Henkin allows one to enter a Unitarian church and that R' Schachter allows the church to be converted into a synagogue?
    – Daniel
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 18:27
  • RHS - a recent Hilchos Beis Haknesses shiur on yutorah.
    – Shalom
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 18:56
  • RYHH - pretty sure it's in Bnei Banim; heard it on a Rabbi Linzer shiur on Christianity vis-a-vis Judaism.
    – Shalom
    Commented Apr 16, 2013 at 18:57

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