Tag Archives: Christmas

The Sex-Negative Message in the Virgin Birth—It’s Worth a Family Conversation

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The birth story of baby Jesus celebrates the promise of new life, but for girls it also sends a harmful message. How can we acknowledge this without spoiling the rest? Most Americans, even many who are not very religious, look forward … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Virgin Birth of the Christmas Story

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Celestial messengers, natural wonders and a virgin birth establish the baby Jesus as someone special. Why does the rest of the New Testament ignore these auspicious beginnings? Sometime toward the end of the first century, the writer of Luke told … Continue reading

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London’s “Atheist Church” Goes All Out to Celebrate Its First Holiday Season

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Last January, a small Sunday morning gathering in London dubbed “atheist church” by the local press went viral globally. Pippa Evans and Sanderson Jones, two British comedians, had organized the event in a decommissioned Anglican church. They called it “Sunday … Continue reading

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12 Christmas Traditions That Aren’t About Jesus or Shopping

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For a variety of reasons, the birth story of Jesus may not be something that you personally embrace or want to celebrate with friends and family. Fortunately, the need to celebrate life and light at the darkest time of the year is something that … Continue reading

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Celebrating Love and Light: 10 Holiday Tips for the Post-Religious

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Is the holiday season more glitter than glow for you lately?  Are you a former Christian who finds that hymns don’t resonate anymore?  Do you roll your eyes about the “war on Christmas” manufactroversy?  Does the cherubic little Jesus-in-a-Manger fail … Continue reading

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Ancient Mythic Origins of the Christmas Story

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Valerie Tarico interviews Dr. Tony Nugent, scholar of world religions. Dr. Nugent is a symbologist, an expert in ancient symbols. He taught at Seattle University for fifteen years in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and is an ordained … Continue reading

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