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Six Hints that Baby Jesus Stories were Late Additions to Early Christian Lore

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The wonder-filled birth story of the baby Jesus was centuries in the making. Picture a creche with baby Jesus in a manger and shepherds and angels and three kings and a star over the stable roof. We think of this … Continue reading

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What the Nativity Story Would Sound Like with Free and Full Female Consent

In the gospel stories, Mary the mother of Jesus is a humble, devout young woman of her time–which means she has little choice in the matter. Set aside for a moment any debate about whether the Nativity stories in the … Continue reading

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Imagine No Black Friday

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What if they called a consumer feeding frenzy and nobody came? This year a growing number of businesses are giving employees Thanksgiving Day off work rather than trying to beat out competitors by starting Black Friday on Thursday. Reversing a … Continue reading

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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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