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Can You Question The Virgin Birth And Still Be A Christian?

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion

(RNS) It’s a tough sell: A young, unmarried teenager gets pregnant, but the father isn’t a man but God himself. And the girl is a virgin — and (...

Postpartum Virgin Mary Has Questions

Ann Imig | Posted 12.23.2014 | Comedy
Ann Imig

Anyone know if water-walking is normal at 13 days? #NoReasonJustAsking. The Angel Gabriel from heaven came, and neglected to mention anything about stretch marks.

One Christmas Morning

Jana Lee Frazier | Posted 12.22.2014 | Good News
Jana Lee Frazier

He was a large man, almost too big for the small velvet chair, dressed in a dark scarlet suit with a long, lustrous beard the color of a magician's dove. The bright white beard appeared to be studded in sequins and curled softly up against his temples.

LISTEN: Who Is Jesus For Us This Christmas?

Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion

Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal...

The Gift of Giving: A Lesson on Humanity

Lisa Mae Brunson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Lisa Mae Brunson

Whatever your story is, this is a time where we either learn about consumerism, or the magic of a holiday Season that can reconnect us with our humanity--with what it means to give and receive.

73 Percent Of Americans Believe Jesus Was Born To A Virgin

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion

A full 65 percent of American adults believe in the four of primary elements of the Christmas story -- the virgin birth, an angel announcing the birth...

An Ode To Being Single During The Holidays

Posted 12.26.2013 | Divorce

Kissing under the mistletoe. Kissing at midnight on New Year's Eve. Just kissing because you can kiss. Clearly, there are a lot of kissing-related act...

The Manly Side of Christmas

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

I've never heard anyone point to Joseph as an icon of biblical manhood. If the Gospel according to Matthew were packaged like People magazine, Joseph of Nazareth's face would grace the cover, for Joseph is the lead story in Matthew's Gospel -- and not for chiseled abs.

Holly Jolly Guide to Christmas Movie Filming Locations

Roadtrippers | Posted 02.23.2014 | Entertainment
Roadtrippers

Do you spent Christmas Day watching Ralphie? When you order pizza do you tell the driver to "keep the change, ya filthy animal"? Or perhaps you've called someone a "cotton-headed ninny muggins" more than once this December? If so, you'll love this map of Christmas movie filming locations.

Christmas, Fact and Fiction

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Human beings are story-telling creatures. Stories help us to understand our world, to find our place in it and sometimes our purpose, too. So, the distinctions we draw between fact and fiction are rarely as absolute as we might wish them to be.

Watch All The Christmas Movies You Need To See In One Minute

The Huffington Post | Eva Hill | Posted 12.30.2013 | Entertainment

There's no question that the holiday season is a busy time. With all the eggnog drinking, pie-making and obligatory family gatherings, who has time to...

Nana Was The Best Santa

Rachael Clarke | Posted 02.18.2014 | Women
Rachael Clarke

"You're going to drop that, Rachael. Put her down before you slip and fall." I sashayed along the tile and wood, watched the snow swirl.

Listen To The Most Heartwarming Christmas Stories

Richard Fairman | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Richard Fairman

Every century has its own take on Christmas. When I was asked to compile a new anthology for the British Library picking out some of the most memorable stories and poetry about Christmas through the ages, it did not take long to discover how diverse the material would be.

12 Books That Will Definitely Get You In The Holiday Spirit

Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Your local radio station may be playing "Winter Wonderland" on repeat, and your distant relatives may have already sent out their yearly, rather effus...

Why Do You Keep Doing This??

Oliver Noble | Posted 12.09.2013 | Comedy

Ever since the classic “A Christmas Story” scene, people have wondered if it is really possible to freeze your tongue to a pole by licking it. ...

Iconic 'Christmas Story' Scene Immortalized With Statue

Posted 10.30.2013 | Chicago

We triple-dog dare you to pretend you can't recall the iconic cinematic scene. The northwest Indiana town of Hammond on Tuesday is unveiling a new ...

Christmas and My Magic Mom: A Story by Whoopi Goldberg

Marlo Thomas | Posted 02.21.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

I love a good Christmas story and this one from my dear friend Whoopi Goldberg gets me every time. It's a beautiful and simple story that I just had to share this holiday season. Happy Holidays to you all, and I wish you much magic! --MT

Is the Christmas Story Trustworthy?

David Lose | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
David Lose

While the Pope may have a vested interest in attempting to validate the historical accuracy of the stories of Jesus' birth, I think we misunderstand their intent by doing so.

Christmas and My Magic Mom: A Story by Whoopi Goldberg

Posted 12.27.2012 | MarloThomas

I love a good Christmas story and this one from my dear friend Whoopi Goldberg gets me every time. It's a beautiful and simple story that I just had t...

The Hand of Man: A True Christmas Story

Terrie M. Williams | Posted 02.15.2013 | World
Terrie M. Williams

Despite the rawness of nature, the world made more sense in the oceans, the forests and the mountains. Yet, it was from the wilderness through one animal -- an endangered seal named KP2 (Kauai Pup 2) -- that my faith in the hand of man was restored.

Noise Makes News

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

If we are honest with ourselves, if given a choice between good news and bad news, we would want to hear the good news, but only if there is bad news to go with it.

'A Winter Wish' To Warm Your Heart

Kia Makarechi | Posted 12.25.2011 | Arts

Los Angeles-based writer and baker Alex Jeffries has always had a winter chip on his shoulder. "I grew up in a place where it doesn't really snow,...

Demolishing A Christmas Fixation

Charles Redfern | Posted 02.23.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

My thoughts turn to God, who chose to live as a human being, beginning as a baby. God did not merely appear human or become similar to a human. God was human, stripped of divinity's power.

The Zen Of Christmas

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Mary Anne Mercer

Christmas is indeed special -- for Christians, a celebration of the earthly birth of the Son of their God, the Christ child.

The Absurdity Of Christmas

David Lose | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
David Lose

I've been struck by the ads and billboards atheists have purchased this year suggesting that Christmas is a myth. Struck. Not offended or angered. Just struck. And they may be right.