Twelve Days of Darwin

Via Michael Barton [Read more...]

Rudolphus

Via N.S.Gill, I learned that the blog Gaudium Mundo some years ago offered a Latin holiday song for every day of December. First up was Rudolphus: Click through for several different versions of the lyrics. In case you are wondering, no, I do not intend to share all of them! [Read more...]

The Naughty Christians’ Campaign to Commercialize Christmas

Hemant Mehta has highlighted one of the most subversive attempts to undermine Christmas that has appeared in recent years. I am referring to the “Naughty or Nice” list issued by the American Family Association and the “Friend or Foe” list from Liberty Counsel. This effort is, of course, spearheaded by people claiming to be Christians. But as Alyssa Rosenberg (HT Andrew [Read More...]

How the Empire Stole Christmas

Now that it is December, we can start sharing Christmas memes, music, and other things, right? From The Leek [Read more...]

I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With a Dalek

This song makes no sense, and the Daleks will exterminate whoever is responsible for it if they get wind of it. But as a Whovian, one has to mark the beginning of the Christmas music season with this sort of thing. [Read more...]

Holiday Persecution?

I hope the above diagram by Rachel Held Evans helps more people find clarity about this subject!   [Read more...]

Open Hearts in Bethlehem

I am extremely grateful to IVP for sending me a review copy of Open Hearts in Bethlehem: A Christmas Drama. Ever since I read his Poet and Peasant and Through Peasant Eyes: A Literary-Cultural Approach to the Parables in Luke, I have had an enormous appreciation for Kenneth Bailey’s scholarship on the cultural background to [Read More...]

War on Christmas

This year’s war on Christmas has begun. It is being waged by groups such as Liberty Counsel, who are encouraging Christians to avoid interacting with non-Christians once again (and also illustrating hypocrisy by not putting Chick-fil-A on their naughty list, as Hemant Mehta highlights). If my calculation was right last year when I wrote about [Read More...]

Zombies at the Manger

From Chuck and Beans, a cartoon series which has many more holiday-themed ones, including this: [Read more...]

Magi, Not Jedi

I saw this clock on Amazon.com and thought I’d share it.  It will make a good Christmas gift for religion professors who are also Star Wars fans, if not for anyone else… [Read more...]

Science Fiction Hymns

Jeff Carter recently mentioned science fiction hymns, providing a couple of examples from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. And it got me thinking whether there are others, and if so, what they are. Not long ago I mentioned some hymns in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood, but the contents [Read More...]


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