Steven Hunter who recently defriended me on Facebook writes a marvelous post suggesting that Christmas is a pagan celebration, concluding…
…those brethren who deter its observation as the birthday of Christ on the basis of its pagan origins must also consider if – for the sake of consistency – they do not celebrate some of the emblems as well.
Well, at one point was their a “Christianity” free of pagan influences? I would define pagan as anything non-Jewish as an influence. Wait… that would mean that Judaism was free of non-Jewish influences as well, which we know from the Second Temple Period, is simply not True.
Let me add to this – every day of the week is a celebration of a pagan day. The idea of a life after this one is a pagan influence. The Trinity has a certain amount of philosophical influence — from Greek thought. As does our cosmology. Genesis 1 has a unique pagan basis.
So, while Hunter may attempt to warn us away from Christmas because of some fear we may be worshipping of pagan (please, define) god or religion, he should keep in mind the logical next-step to this “Argument.”
Also, check out Mike Bird’s post from last year.
Steve “Heretic” Hunter has responded.
Here’s the thing – if I cared about the FB defriend, I wouldn’t have mentioned it. Wait… let me take that out a bit further. I am not one who is bound up with FB friends and defriends – unless it is a few select people. So I mentioned it because I found it funny/odd.
Second, I disagree somewhat with his conclusions about predating, and the what not, but that can be haggled over with later.
The funny thing about liberty, even Christian liberty, is that it is best exercised through circumspectual (neologism) prayer rather than suggesting that you have the right to be wrong.
Otherwise, Steve is a great guy, with a good and sound blog, and should be read widely.