Survey reveals people confuse Bible Nativity with traditional misconceptions

Dec 21, 2014 by

From Bible Society: Declining Bible literacy in Britain means that up to 99% of adults fail to recognise the traditional nativity story from commonly held misconceptions about donkeys, stables and inns. Research conducted by OnePoll for Bible Society today reveals how poorly we know the story behind one of our most widely celebrated religious holidays. How Well Do You Know The Nativity Story? Take the quiz now! 90% of people said that there were three wise men that visited Jesus, with others...

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The church has left Christmas Day to the heathen … maybe

Dec 19, 2014 by

By Peter Sherlock, The Conversation: In my home city of Melbourne, an extraordinary cultural and religious drama is played out on Christmas Eve each year at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets. Thousands of people mill around Federation Square, where the television spectacular Carols by Candlelight is broadcast live from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Thousands of others congregate in and around St Paul’s Cathedral, directly across from Federation Square. They strain for a glimpse...

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The nativity and the church’s witness

Dec 18, 2014 by

By Andrew Symes. Church of England Newspaper. “I don’t get Christmas”, a born again, Spirit-filled friend confided to me last week. And could that be a secret feeling among many evangelicals? How many sermons actually make fun of, or moan about, the festive season with its commercialism and false bonhomie; how many evangelistic addresses at Carol Services have told audiences to quickly shift their gaze from the stable to the cross? And yet perhaps more than ever, today we need to regain...

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No room for the Nativity?

Dec 15, 2014 by

Teachers ‘too scared’ to teach children true meaning of Christmas, says BBC presenter by Nick Hallett, Breitbart Christmas: No room at the inn for baby Jesus in school nativities by John Bingham, Telegraph Unholy row as nativity scene ban divides France by Anne Penketh, Guardian Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence by Cole Moreton, Independent The Nativity and the Church’s witness, by Andrew Symes, CEN...

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Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give festival its name for fear of causing ...

Dec 14, 2014 by

By Cole Moreton, Independent: Have yourself a merry little Winterfest. That’s what they’re calling the season in Stoke-on-Trent, the latest city council to go utterly bonkers and rebrand Christmas. Forget Santa and his reindeer, let alone the little baby Jesus – the switching on of Stoke’s lights featured a giant Jack Frost freezing the streets with a firebird chasing him down. Cue outrage. “The politically correct brigade on the council think it’s fair game to...

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‘Tolerance doesn’t mean apologising for Christianity’

Dec 13, 2014 by

From The Christian Institute: British society must not shy away from its own beliefs or traditions such as saying “Happy Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays”, former Cabinet Minister Liam Fox has said. In an online video message, Dr Fox said Christmas is “a time of hope and renewal, a central part of our religious belief”. He explained that was why he wished everyone “a very happy and peaceful Christmas”, instead of “Happy Holidays”. Tolerance and respect Dr Fox, who served as Defence...

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