Join Chuck and Annie in this Episode of the Salt and Light podcast in which they address the all-too-common accusation that rears its ugly head this time of year, namely “Christians took a pagan holiday and turned it into Christmas” or, more pointedly, “Christmas is a pagan holiday”.
In order to assess this accusation and see where the evidence falls, you gotta dig deep into history, theology, and one’s own self. We felt up to the challenge!
In this episode, we cover the probable pagan gods who are subject of the accusation, who they were, when they were celebrated, and who celebrated them. Then we look into historical evidence of Christian celebrations and point to very specific documents and explain their origin and significance.
Then, we look to the stars! Astronomers have long claimed that there is no way Jesus could have been born in December based on the stars. We look into this claim and address some points of interest.
Then, we look to Luke chapter 1, from which some claim to know Jesus’ birth by the priestly lot of Zechariah.
Finally, we look at the Biblical text itself to see if it can give us any clues to understand when Christ broke into our humanity in the Incarnation aka Christmas! Learn about ancient Jewish cultures, customs, and ways to measure time in hours and days.
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