When was Jesus really born? (spoiler: not in December!)

Dec 28, 2019 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: One of the problems about the development of traditions around Christmas is that people writing hymns or plays set Jesus’ birth in their own world rather than in what we know of the first century. In particular, many assume that Jesus was born in winter, since Christmas is celebrated in winter in the northern hemisphere. (It would be interesting to see some genuinely antipodeal hymns: ‘In the deep midwinter’ would become ‘In the height of summer’…) It is fairly widely...

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The Top Ten Christmas Politicians Messages

Dec 27, 2019 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea; I thought I would have a wee look at some Christmas messages from political leaders and then decided to rank them in order of merit…I’m sure there were better and worse – but here is my list!  Note – these are not listed in order of political persuasion or personal character.  I am trying just to comment on the actual messages. 10.  First Minister – Nicola Sturgeon This one is no surprise.   Sturgeon knows nothing about Christianity and studiously  avoids any...

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For Iraq’s Christians, this year might be their last

Dec 26, 2019 by

By Reine Hanna, UnHerd: Sixteen years after the disastrous invasion, and two years after ISIS were defeated, the community faces its end. The British Government’s Christmas message of solidarity with persecuted Christians is a welcome gesture, but for many communities around the world time is quickly running out. There is no country where this is more acute or tragic than Iraq, home to one of the oldest Christian communities on earth but which has, since the fall of Saddam Hussein, undergone...

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Religious leaders urge all to reject darkness in Christmas messages

Dec 26, 2019 by

by Harriet Sherwood, Guardian: Embrace light and look for the good in others, say pope and archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster. The pope has said that “darkness in human hearts” results in religious persecution, social injustice, armed conflicts and fear of migrants. In his Christmas Day message to the world, Pope Francis said: “There is darkness in human hearts, yet the light of Christ is greater still. There is darkness in economic, geopolitical and ecological conflicts, yet greater...

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Why do we call it Boxing Day?

Dec 26, 2019 by

by Margaret Ashworth, The Conservative Woman: LIKE most traditions, the origin of Boxing Day is unclear. The prevalent theory is that the day after Christmas used to be when tradesmen and servants received a ‘Christmas box’ or gratuity for services rendered during the year. In earlier times servants would have the day after Christmas off to visit family, and were sometimes given a box containing gifts and leftover food to take home. Another suggestion is that the tradition stems from the Roman...

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A very happy and peaceful Christmas to all our readers

Dec 25, 2019 by

From all of us at Anglican Mainstream.  

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