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):
The obligatory withering atheist satire:
On looking beyond the incredible ‘facts’ of the Christmas story:
An Aussie Muslim reflects:
An atheist philosopher on celebrating at Christmas:
Amateur project naively accepts birth narratives as history:
Consumption and the Reason for the Season:
The ways we secular Aussies all ‘believe’ at Christmas:
The relevance of Christmas (chiefly editorials):
From the clergy:
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.
Posted by David Miller