Thursday, November 21, 2013

The War on Christmas as a Christ-centered Holiday

Everywhere at this time of year we begin to see the war on Christmas raging. Nativity scenes are banned from public places and people greet each other with “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” Atheists want nothing to do with a Christian holiday, but even some Christians worry that the origins of Christmas are more pagan than Christian. In order to be politically correct, we are losing the meaning of this beautiful holiday as the birthday of Jesus.

“The War on Christmas” features short chapters that explain the origin of Christmas as a Christian, not a pagan holiday. Hodge gives a fascinating explanation of how the pagan gods, Jupiter and Saturn, stem from a Judeo-Christian tradition, being descendents of Noah. I had never heard this before, but it makes sense when you think about the origin of the names.

The book is beautifully put together with gorgeous illustrations and extra-textual material. It would make and excellent gift book for someone this Christmas. I particularly enjoyed the short chapters. It could almost be used for meditation of the meaning of Christmas reading a chapter a day.

I highly recommend this book as an antidote to all the secular trappings of the season.

I reviewed this book for Handlebar Marketing.