Oh, and before we begin, a note for those who wonder if I’ve seen the documentary (I get asked about this regularly when I talk about Christmas). Jimmy, I have been hoping (particularly given the two posts about the integral age theory) that you would note the line of reasoning that Mark Shea dug up from Chrysostom in this old post: have a question related to Shane’s. The 100-year old *mistake* about the Birth of Jesus Here I point out the flaws in the argument made by Emil Shurer that Herod the Great died in 4 B. This argument has skewed New Testament chronology for a century! The answer may surprise you Now I add up the evidence, which reveals that Jesus was born in the year that the Church Fathers held Jesus was born: 3/2 B. How the accounts of Jesus’ childhood fit together: 6 things to know and share Here I argue that, despite claims to the contrary, the infancy narratives in Matthew and Luke do not contradict each other. Conclusion: The most that can safely be claimed is that have played a role in the thinking of early Christians in fixing certain feast days.
Do Christmas Eve with his folks, and spend the day of the 25th with yours, or lunch with one clan and dinner with the other. Responding to the “Go To” Skeptic on the Star of Bethlehem Here I respond to arguments posed by Dr. Here I argue that the Star of Bethlehem could have been an ordinary, if uncommon, astronomical phenomenon and that we need not suppose that it was a myth or something preternaturally strange.Or think about agreeing to donate to worthy organizations in lieu of a gift exchange. Think "compromise" rather than "sacrifice." Are you and your new boyfriend talking about how to split up the holidays?Does he want you to spend the holidays with his family members, while you want him to spend them with yours?I have been wondering what I want in terms of participation: If we're still together in December, will I be happier if he hangs out with my family on December 25 — or will it be less stressful for both of us if we simply agree to do the holidays apart?