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Origins of Christmas

Christmas: What Would Jesus Do?

James D. Tabor | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
James D. Tabor

How does one separate the Christ of Christian faith and tradition from the Jesus of history? Is there any evidence that Jesus as a Jew in his own time would have endorsed the later theological affirmations of Christianity, such as those found in the Apostles Creed?

The Reason For The Season -- And It's Not Jesus

Kirsten West Savali | Posted 02.22.2012 | Religion
Kirsten West Savali

Biblical scholars have debunked the blind belief that Jesus was born on Dec. 25 time and time again. That is not myth, legend or subjective opinion -- that is fact.

The True Meaning Of Christmas In An International Age Of Science

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.21.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Nothing about Christmas would be the least bit recognizable to the Jewish itinerant preacher who was born, as near as anyone can estimate, sometime in the spring roughly 2,015 years ago.

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.

Taking The Blue With The Red And Green

Lamar Vest | Posted 02.20.2012 | Religion
Lamar Vest

Jesus was born into the same world that you and I live in today. Jesus was born to a broke teenage mother. He was born into an occupied nation ruled by outsiders.

The Very Pregnant Mary And Joseph Have A Chat

John Shore | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
John Shore

He told me not to be afraid, that I had found favor with God. "You will be with child," it said, "and give birth to a son. And you are to give him the name Jesus."

The Point Of Christmas Pageants

Rick Hamlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rick Hamlin

The Christmas story has what all great stories must have: the characters become changed, the shepherds leave their flock, the wise men follow a star, a young father trusts a dream and a girl becomes the mother of God.

Interfaith Ironic Christmas Part II: Moses, Osiris And Orpheus

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

The right wing punditry is at it again this year, stirring up a sense of victimization by claiming there is a "war on Christmas". In fact, Christianity wouldn't exist without the eclectic collection of ideas and practices that were the diverse roots from which it grew,

Keep Saturn in Saturnalia!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

I have to admit it. Like millions of other Americans, I've allowed the holidays to decay into a frenzy of shopping, feasting, gift-giving and wassail-soaked merriment. But all is going to change. I have seen the light.