Christmas

Christmas or Christmas Day (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, literally “Christ’s mass”) is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, celebrated generally on December 25 as a religious and cultural holiday by billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebr… view more




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We certainly need a more educated faith community. Thanks for doing your part.

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Celebrating births was considered to be very pagan during the time of the first Christians.  Instead Jesus’ death and resurrection carried more wei…

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Texts:
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David Forbes, Christmas: A Candid History. University of California Press,
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Vermes, The Nativity: History a…

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It is worthy here to note that, at least in New Testament reference, the only members of society to whom Jesus became violent by attacking with a w…

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03/31/2016

It is interesting how pointedly Benedict points to credit unions as illustrative of financiers who actually serve the “savers”, as they are the sol…

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03/29/2016

…unless you are a Republican presidential candidate.

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03/29/2016

“Emancipation and inclusivity”–of course, some would argue that the emancipation needs to be from religion, and that a religion which excludes ove…

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03/28/2016

Once again, the Church chooses to openly discriminate against LGBT individuals and communities, in many cases who are more capable of adopting and …

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03/28/2016

The Church, however, refuses to recognize the vast difference between simple birth control (family planning) and mandatory birth control, mentioned…

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03/28/2016

In spite of these forward-thinking attitudes, conservatives in almost all developed countries continue their attacks on labor unions and civic work…

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03/28/2016

And yet we have moved from talking about the 1% of the wealthy to now talking about the one-tenth of 1%.  The economic disparity continues to grow …

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02/25/2016

Benedict here is pointing out his recurring theme that the economy must be regulated–deregulation in and of itself is neither good for the economy…

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02/25/2016

An obvious reference to the extremist Muslim organizations in too many countries of the world.

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02/25/2016

On the other hand, we have the Catholic Church still fighting against the use of condoms in Brazil, where an estimated 340,000 babies are being bor…

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02/25/2016

This certainly sounds like a direct challenge to the ‘one child policy’ of the present Chinese government.

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02/25/2016

Understanding that this was written in 2009, Benedict certainly was correct in his prediction of growing attacks against labor unions.  We have rec…

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01/29/2016

Benedict’s interesting and profound choice of words for the age-old debate between faith and good works.

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This is certainly the case today with the infamous “1%” controlling over 90% of the world’s wealth, half of which has been created without producin…

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Personally, I reject this concept wholeheartedly.  As a non-believer because of not receiving the proclaimed gift of faith, do I not still have a c…