It turns out the Church invented an Anatolian bishop named St. Nicholas out of whole cloth, based on a Teutonic sea god. Because SHUT UP, that’s why!
The “Middle Ages” were the Age of Reason. Now is the Age of Utter Credulity. You can say *anything* about the origins or history of Christianity and people will believe you–as long as it’s not the truth.
Happy Mayan End of the World Day, Sophisticated Post-Moderns!