“You have to start out learning to believe the little lies”

For an explanation of what Weatherwax Wednesdays are all about, read the introduction post. This week's quote builds on Monday's post about the impact of the Santa Claus story on children.  Unsurprisingly, in Discworld, Christmas is a little stranger.  In Hogfather, Death must take over the duties of the Santa-analogue, after an attempt is made on his life.  In the passage below, Death explains to his mostly-mortal daughter, Susan, why the Hogfather can't be allowed to perish.  (Note, in … [Read more...]

Two quick stories about Santa and Empiricism

I really appreciate the personal stories that were shared in the comments thread of yesterday's post on Santa Claus.  I'm going to be returning to some of the more philosophical issues that were raised tomorrow in my Weatherwax Wednesday post (luckily enough, Terry Pratchett wrote an entire book about the Discworld analogue of Santa, so I've got some great passages to draw on).  For today, I thought I'd just share two stories about my own experiences with Santa growing up.The E … [Read more...]

Is Santa Claus a Bad Influence on Christian Children?

Thanks to everyone for the lively discussion on last week's post which necessitated a follow-up and set an agenda for upcoming posts.  As always, if you'd like to respond to a Monday Call to Arms in longer form as a guest blogger, please email me at leah (dot) libresco (at) yale (dot) edu. --- In my more cynical moments, I sometimes think Santa Claus is God’s greatest gift to atheists.I don’t that mean in the usual, anti-materialist way. The commercialization of Santa Claus is a symptom of … [Read more...]