What are the Christmas songs about? What about that fabled star of
Bethlehem--was it simply a phenomenon of planets or something
supernaturally more? How much does this holiday tie into the Christian
faith and what meaning does it possess? And how can believers share that
The Necessity for Christianity
Paul JohnsonThe truth is that all of us are Jekyll and Hyde creatures, part saint, part beast.
The great strength of Christianity is that, while insisting that man is made in the
image of God, it accepts that there is a radical flaw in the reproduction.
The Theology Behind Christmas Music
Robert A. PyneMost radio stations play some type of Christmas music during the holiday
season, but many of the songs have become so familiar to us that we no longer
consider their content.
Edward H. PauleyAs any reputable historian can attest, movements and institutions have a way of
changing over time, sometimes within one generation, so that they are almost
unrecognizable to later observers. Historic, orthodox Christianity, on the other
hand, has maintained an identity and continuity at its core for nearly two
thousand years. Why is this so?
Christmas on Mars Hill
"Incarnation is the stuff from which the kingdom of God is constructed.
It's the real beauty of Christmas, the kind of Christmas that should go
with us everywhere we go (Athens, the jungle, your teen's high school, the
mall, the office). Christmas was never meant to happen just once a year."
The Star of Bethlehem
Ray BohlinWhat explains the strange phenomenon of the star of Bethlehem that led the
Magi to the newborn Christ, an astronomical event or the Shekinah Glory,
manifesting God's presence among men?
On Not Permitting the Other to Be Other
Richard John NeuhausThe editor-in-chief of influential First Things Journal takes another swipe
at the book, Please Don't Wish Me a Merry Christmas: A Critical History of
the Separation of Church and State (New York University Press),
which he reviewed for New York Times Literary Supplement. This
is the main portion of his weekly review of the culture.
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