The Reason for the Season

For all those people who say “Jesus is the reason for the season,” Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn has a response. Jesus is not the reason. It’s the sunlight.

In addition, he elaborates on how December 25 is not the date accepted by scholars as Jesus’ birthday, nor do scholars agree on his birth year.

He concludes by saying:

“Seasons greetings” and “happy holidays” take nothing from the Christians who also chose this time of year to celebrate the birth of their divine source of renewal, hope, joy, generosity and victory. He is their reason for the season, not the reason.

These generic expressions are not banalities that trivialize the festivities.

They are invitations to all to join in. Invitations to find and revel in your own reasons to be glad for the trappings and trimmings of this time of year and the promise that lies ahead.

Zorn welcomes comments on his blog.

I’m hoping this commenter was just joking:

Apparently, by pointing out the historical, pagan roots of this holy time, the develish forces of secular liberalism, of atheism and agnosticism, have dug their demonic claws into your soul, Mr Zorn.

I guess you want the terrorists to win.

I’d write more about your certain pathway to hell, but I’m off to spend money, as the amount of money I spend in the next few weeks signals how much I love my creator.

I thought even a joker would know how to spell “devil,” but I guess not.

A much better message from a Christian followed:

I am a Christian, and it annoys me that people take offense to “Happy Holidays.” Why must we force our reasons for the season on others? It’s just closed-mindedness, and unfortunately that seems to be a hallmark of many Christians despite Jesus’ message of inclusiveness.

This next guy made me open up a map. I used to think I lived in the United States, but maybe my map is just outdated…

Eric,
It is called CHRISTmas for a reason. It’s absolutely all about Jesus! This country is Jesusland, as more than 90 percent of the population are Christian of some sort. Maybe you would feel more comfortable living in Western Europe where they have abandoned their cultural and religious beliefs and now believe in nothing but the pursuit of pleasure.



[tags]Chicago Tribune, Eric Zorn, atheist, Christian, Christmas, Jesus[/tags]

  • Karen

    Apparently, by pointing out the historical, pagan roots of this holy time, the develish forces of secular liberalism, of atheism and agnosticism, have dug their demonic claws into your soul, Mr Zorn.

    I guess you want the terrorists to win.

    I’d write more about your certain pathway to hell, but I’m off to spend money, as the amount of money I spend in the next few weeks signals how much I love my creator.

    Boy, everybody’s a satirist these days, aren’t they?

    Ancient Romans celebrated Saturnalia during roughly the same calendar window, while the Perisans observed the festival of Sacaea. History does not record whether peevish Mesopotamians, perceiving a dilution of their seasonal tradition, began a campaign to “put Marduk back into Zagmuk.”

    Hey, I want THAT bumper sticker! :-)

  • Siamang

    Maybe you would feel more comfortable living in Western Europe where they have abandoned their cultural and religious beliefs and now believe in nothing but the pursuit of pleasure.

    I got a window open to Travelocity.com right now!


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