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The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus

The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus

The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra

by Adam C. English

“Adam English’s real gift is in resurrecting through his painstaking historical detective work a flesh-and-blood St. Nicholas, whose courage and Christian generosity are worthy of emulation.” —Greg Garrett, author of One Fine Potion

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

Beyond the myth and folklore, Saint Nicholas radically influenced the formation of Western history and Christian thought.

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: Read An Excerpt

The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: Read An Excerpt

The history of Saint Nicholas is a tantalizing riddle of myth, folklore, and historical facts.

Praise for The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

Praise for The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

"Thanks to English, we have tantalizing glimpses of what actually shaped the man into the saint, and both into an icon." Read what Phyllis Tickle and others are saying about this new book.

Video Q&A with Author

Video Q&A with Author

"St. Nicholas was a political leader and social activist of his time." Watch an interview with Adam English from Book Expo America.

Visit Adam English's Blog

Visit Adam English's Blog

"A blog site dedicated to chasing theological rabbits and sometimes catching a few. I am a university professor in the Baptist tradition (broadly speaking) who thinks that thinking matters."

Santa Claus Training

Santa Claus Training

Adam C. English

Adam English's blog series on what he's learned from the real Santa Claus in the course of researching his book. 

Book Club Roundtable

Have Yourself a Very Pagan Christmas

Have Yourself a Very Pagan Christmas

Jana Riess

Just about every aspect of this holiday has pagan origins. The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus, which traces the development of legends around Nicholas of Myra (now regarded as jolly old St. Nick), demonstrates many of these juxtapositions.

St. Nick: Holy and Human

St. Nick: Holy and Human

Greg Garrett

Who was this patron saint of children, patron saint of sailors, our primary image of gift-giving and generosity?

Introducing the Real Santa Claus

Introducing the Real Santa Claus

Frank Viola

If you're someone who has a penchant for learning history, and you've wondered if anything historical stands behind the Santa Claus legend, this is probably the best book you'll find on the subject.

What the Real St. Nick Teaches Us About Gift Giving

What the Real St. Nick Teaches Us About Gift Giving

Ellen Painter Dollar

How can we allow the original St. Nicholas to inform our modern-day merrymaking?

In Which Arius Receives a Stocking Full of Coal and a Knuckle Sandwich

In Which Arius Receives a Stocking Full of Coal and a Knuckle Sandwich

Alexis Neal

English cites heavily to Scripture, and the discussion of the Council at Nicea (where my man Nick punched a heretic, because Santa don’t play dat) certainly involves important theological doctrines.

A Saint to Imitate

A Saint to Imitate

John Turner

As English points out, a saintly action "need not be miraculous, angelic, or incredible." Nicholas is a saint we can all successfully emulate.  

Was Santa at the Council of Nicea?

Was Santa at the Council of Nicea?

Susan Sevier

English invites me to stand with the saints that came before, and to try for just a moment to feel the excitement, the risk, and the calling that must have been true for those who struggled to protect and grow the fledgling faith that I now share with them.

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Adam English on The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus

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