Sacred Christmas without Christ

If you’ve listened to our recent podcasts, you know about my frustration with the synthesis of the Christian Christmas and the secular Christmas.  Here’s a good example of a secular writer viewing Christmas as wonderfully sacred, and yet entirely secular.  Hopefully we’ll continue to think, as Christians, about the best way to challenge these views.

About Ben Bartlett

Ben Bartlett lives in Louisville, Ky., with his wife and two terrific kids. His degree is in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University, and he has a bunch of education from a bunch of other places with nothing official to show for it. He has taught high school speech and debate, worked for a congressman in Washington DC, and worked in the health and energy industries. He is interested in how pop culture, history, politics, and theology interact with the inner and community lives of individuals... which is weird because he now works as a business analyst. Few things make him happier than reading, discussing, and recommending books.

  • The Dane

    I have absolutely no problem with this guy’s view of Christmas. It’s pretty much like my own except for that he values the holiday more than I do.

    The Danes last blog post..20081119.ChurchLies

  • Ben Bartlett

    I tend to agree with you (looking at my wording in the post, not sure if I said that right, but I do).

    I think I just want to challenge Christians to realize that trying to celebrate the “sacredness” of Christmas through use of wintery scenes, ribbons, and Christmas trees is not going to have much impact. The Christmas of Christ and the Christmas of presents and nostalgia are two entirely separate things.

    Ben Bartletts last blog post..A Song and a Blessing

  • The Dane

    True. And I would say that neither one is necessarily a bad thing.

    The Danes last blog post..20081119.ChurchLies