What are they saying about Christmas?

  (23 December 09)
  by Greg Spearritt

From the smorgasbord of Christmas views (News Ltd and Fairfax offerings)…

 

 

The obligatory conservative apologetics (the Bible really is true, you know):

Despite the sceptics, there is real truth in the story of Christmas

 

And more:

Christmas message holds true

 

The obligatory withering atheist satire:

You wouldn't read about it  

 

On looking beyond the incredible ‘facts’ of the Christmas story:

The Christmas call to fulfilment  

 

An Aussie Muslim reflects:

Christmas, curry and many faiths  

 

An atheist philosopher on celebrating at Christmas:

An enriching, illuminating, bonding, godless Christmas  

 

Amateur project naively accepts birth narratives as history:

Stop the presses: the day Jesus appeared in the Birth Notices  

 

Consumption and the Reason for the Season:

Did Jesus make us fat and greedy?  

 

The ways we secular Aussies all ‘believe’ at Christmas:

A time for all to believe

 

The relevance of Christmas (chiefly editorials):

So this is Christmas

 

Cause for thanks

 

Christmas story still resonates in a troubled world

 

The Christmas message of hope is as powerful as ever

 

A time to slow down and enjoy each other

 

Goodwill is so common in adversity  

 

From the clergy:

That simple birth in a stable was God's great gift to the world

 

Leaders urge faith, hope and charity in times of struggle

 

Human life must be our top priority

 

Now is the time to forgive, say church leaders

 

 

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1 comments

A facetious comment on Xmas:

After a few centuries of contention, it was decided by the Imperial Church that the birthday of the Christ child would be 25th December, the Winter Solstice. (The Ancients were a few days out).

The Winter Solstice had traditionally been celebrated as the re-birthday of the various Gods of Light. It was the shortest day. From that day on the light became daily ever more ascendant. That is, until the longest day, the Summer Solstice, when the reverse process commenced.

If the Winter Solstice is the re-birthday of the God of Light, then whose re-birthday is the Summer Solstice? The Prince of Darkness obviously.

Hey, wait a minute! We in Australia are in the southern hemisphere and we celebrate Xmas at the Summer Solstice, at the re-birthday of the Prince of Darkness. Oops! We could be in big trouble! When that final asteroid strike occurs, will it therefore be in the southern hemisphere?

Perhaps we should start celebrating Xmas on the 21st of June.


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