Matthew Schmitz explains the difference between “merry Christmas” and “happy Christmas” and why the former is a more fitting greeting. See what he says after the jump, along with what I say. [Read more…]
While we argue about a guaranteed minimum wage, Switzerland is considering a guaranteed minimum income. The Swiss will vote in a national referendum on whether or not to give themselves a guaranteed income of $33,600 per year, whether they work or not. [Read more…]
“Post-Christian” does not mean the same as “non-Christian,” observes John O’Sullivan. A “post-Christian” society is one that seeks to maintain the cultural legacy of Christianity–such as human rights, benevolence, the institution of the family–after the religious beliefs that created and supported this legacy have been abandoned. In their place, post-Christian societies try to substitute laws, regulations, bureaucracies, and secular ideologies, all of which fall short.
The British journalist develops these ideas in an address to the Transatlantic Christian Council in Brussels, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]
“Let all mortal flesh keep silence” is a hymn about Holy Communion. But now it keeps showing up as a Christmas carol! That’s how it’s presented in Christmas concerts, holiday recordings, and on many of the renditions on Youtube. But it is “an ancient chant of Eucharistic devotion.”
I can see how it would shift over to the Christmas canon. It has a beautiful, otherworldly melody of the same sort associated with Christmas music. It talks about how “Christ our God to earth descendeth” and that He was “born of Mary.” But the point is that “He will give to all the faithful/His own self for heavenly food,” “in the body and the blood.”
But this is quite fitting to associate Holy Communion with Christmas and vice versa. What other Communion hymns could work as Christmas hymns? What other Christmas songs could work as Communion songs?
The “Dear Leader” of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, has executed his uncle, who had served as his advisor and mentor. Max Fisher writes about the language the still-Communist North Koreans used to make this announcement and the worldview it reveals. [Read more…]
Radio evangelist Harold Camping has died at the age of 92. Best known for predicting that on May 21, 2011, Jesus would come back, Camping’s most harmful teaching was that all church bodies were heretical and that people should just listen to his radio broadcasts instead of going to church.