So Inoffensive It’s Offensive?

Hemant Mehta shared the image above of a satirically minimalist and generic holiday display, found (perhaps ironically) on a shoe store which traces its origins to the Book of Genesis. The window display’s attempt to be as generic for the “holidays” as possible reminded me of this cartoon: (subtext) [Read more...]

“Carol of the Bells” by Pentatonix

HT Dănuț Mănăstireanu [Read more...]

Literally the Reason for the Season

This year’s version of an image and message that circulated this time last year, too. [Read more...]

“Sleigh Ride” by Frederick Delius

Also known as “Winter Night.” [Read more...]

The Star Wars Christmas Special You Always Wanted

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The Tenth Annual Attempt to Undermine Christianity at Christmas

Liberty Counsel and the American Family Association have posted their Tenth Annual “Naughty and Nice” list, encouraging Christians to shop at stores that wish them a Merry Christmas rather than a mere “Happy Holidays.” Am I the only one who remembers a time, not so long ago, when Christians thought that their goal should be to being [Read More...]

‘Tis The Season for Holiday Music

As Thanksgiving has passed, we have reached the time of year for holiday music – including but not limited to Christian music. And so let me herald the arrival of that season with a classic: “Vader Did You Know?”   [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!*                     *Some restrictions apply. This wish does not constitute a contractual obligation to provide you with happiness. Turkeys, yams, and cranberries are not eligible for this offer. Offer not valid on this date outside of the United States – especially in Canada. For more [Read More...]

Happy Black Thursday

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States. The name of the holiday is self-explanatory – or it should be. But in fact, it sits oddly beside the custom of “celebrating” Black Friday – i.e. making the day after Thanksgiving a day of special sales in which people have been trampled to death trying to get [Read More...]

Yom Kippur

I wish those celebrating Yom Kippur an easy fast, as the traditional greeting says. And I invite anyone interested to discuss the notion of atonement on this Jewish “Day of Atonement” – it seems as good a time as any to chat about the topic! Christians, if you need some food for thought, then take [Read More...]

You Know What I Did Last Summer

Summers are special times for professors. At the start of them, we make implausibly grandiose plans about what we are going to accomplish during them. At the end of them, we wonder where the time has gone. Here are some of the things I did this summer: Took students to Israel. Finished work on translating [Read More...]