Creationist Wisdom #828: Christmas & Creationism

Today’s very timely letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a guest column) appears in the Spencer Daily Reporter of Spencer, Iowa. It’s titled Pastor’s Column, and the newspaper doesn’t seem to have a comments feature.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Rev. Tracy Baugh, of something called Calvary Chapel New Life, Spencer, but we can’t find a website for them. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter (or column), enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

If there is one day of the year that the world stops to observe, it has to be Dec. 25. On that day most businesses shut down; most people find themselves at home. Even those required to work roam home, because “home” doesn’t necessarily mean a place with a roof and four walls, but rather a place where our thoughts follow our heart and our heart is with those we love — those we care about — whether family or friends. On this day our thoughts revolve around “on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” It is a day when we think of those we love and want to give them presents. But, as most of us would agree — especially as we get older, it’s not about gifts; it’s about presence — being with those we love. And if we can’t be with them in person, we gather near to them in our thoughts. We call this singular day: Christmas.

That’s very nice. Now here comes the good stuff:

Unfortunately, many have tried to remove “Christ” from “Christmas.” They have, with great success, replaced “Christmas” with “holiday,” and exchanged “Christ” with an “X” (X-mas). They want to remove anything and everything from the public eye that would give credence to God. They want to remove manger scenes, remove crosses, remove God, Jesus and Christ from our Christmas, oops, holiday.

Yes, it’s terrible. And it gets worse:

They want to remove God from the creation of all that exists, including humanity. They have come up with big-bang and evolutionary theories that are taught as “facts” of science, even though very little of these theories can be proven or reproduced.

The rev is right! We can’t re-create the universe, and we can’t re-create the Earth’s biosphere. It’s all unproven! After that he tells us:

It takes more faith to believe their ideas of an existence without God than to believe in God and that all things were created and exist through him.

It’s a simple calculation of choosing the story that requires the least faith.

That’s less than half of the rev’s column. The rest is bible stuff, and his defense of the events described in the New Testament. Click over there and read that, if you like, but we’ll stop here. Great letter, Rev!

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16 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #828: Christmas & Creationism

  1. They keep getting it wrong. What is wrong with these people? The “Christ-Mass” is a Catholic rite that Protestants should be against, plus the mass celebrates the death of Jesus, not the birth.

    The early Christians of America, the Puritans, banned the celebration of Christmas as a pagan festival which lead to drunkenness and all sorts of licentiousness.

    Modern Christians apparently are learning how to scrub their history of all true meanings and as such are the by far leaders in Disneyification for the new millennium.

  2. Michael Fugate

    “The world”? Someone needs to get out of Spencer Iowa more often.
    He does realize that not everyone in Iowa, let alone the US, is a Christian. Why does his religion get to monopolize the solstice – didn’t the pagans get there first? Where in the Bible does it give a day for Jesus’ birth? Many scholars are unconvinced by the whole Bethlehem story anyway – a brazen attempt to match up OT prophecies.

    http://www.ccbcs.net/ Big time college! woooo!
    “We believe in the full historicity and perspicuity of the biblical record of primeval history, including the literal existence of Adam and Eve as the progenitors of all people, the literal fall in the Garden of Eden and resultant divine curse on creation, the worldwide cataclysmic deluge, and the origin of the nations and languages at the tower of Babel.”

  3. And the odds are Christ never was in Christmas. As far as I know, there’s no indication of when the baby Jesus was born until after seversl hundreds of years later when the church picked that day to compete with other festivals around the winter solstice. So the odds that the baby Jesus was born on that day, leaving aside the argument that there may not have been a baby Jesus, are one in 365, a probability of about 0.003.

  4. Opps. I see Michael Fugate made the same point as I was writing my post!

  5. literal fall in the Garden of Eden
    I can’t let this pass: a literal fall in the Garden of Eden.
    A literal fall is a quick change positon in space, decrease in the vertical, such as under the influence of gravity.
    A figurative fall would be a decrease in status being like motion in space. Such as a loss of innocence, or as in common Christian theology as a falll from grace. As far as I know, the Bible does not use the word “fall” in reference to Adam’s fall from grace. My search of a concordance lists many uses of the word “fall” in other senses, such as Adam falling asleep.
    But to be a good fundamentalist, one must believe in literal uses of words which aren’t in the Bible.

  6. Ceteris Paribus

    There is also the problem that the present “Christmas, December 25” configuration of our twelve monthly Zodiacal planets would be off by about two months from the time at which the bible was frozen.

    (I don’t know if that means Xmas should now be celebrated in October or March.)

    But this shows that anyone who goes around pontificating on the sacredness of December 25 is acting in the role of a Fundamentalist who is blinded by their religion, and unable to see reality.

  7. Oh, BTW,
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    the origin of the nations and languages at the tower of Babel.
    The story of the Tower of Babal is told in Genesis 11. But in Genesis 10 there are the stories of the descendants of the three sons of Noah.
    In 10:5 the descendents of Japheth, “…every one after his tongue , after their famiirs in their nations,”
    In 10:20 “These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.”
    In 10:31 “these are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.
    And in summary in 10:32: “These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations, and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.”
    And then there is the story of Babel.
    And that is all literally true, of course.

  8. And then there is the true history of the sign X. Ancient Christians used the Greek letter chi – which looks like this: X – for the name of the Christ. See the Wikipedia.org article on “Chi Rho”.
    Marginally literate Christians don’t know that.

  9. As pointed out above, the good reverend’s knowledge is lacking in quite a few areas, including the X in Christmas: “Xmas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas. … The “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, which in English is “Christ”. The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass.”

  10. Beat me by 2 minutes!!!!

  11. “On that day most businesses shut down”
    Actually not, only in (ex-)christian countries. In Suriname for instance most supermarkets will be open.

    “Where in the Bible does it give a day for Jesus’ birth?”
    The only indication is those sheperds sleeping in the fields with their flocks. In Palestina they don’t do that on Dec. 25th because the nights are too cold. A literalist should detest X-mas.

  12. FWIW the weather forecast for Jerusalem is for lows in the low 40s next week. That’s degrees Fahrenheit.

  13. It’s a peculiarity of English that the name of the festival contains the letters “Christ”. Now obviously, since English was good enough for Jesus it should be good enough for everybody and other languages are unnecessary, but until the world realises that, only English speakers need to fight to keep “Christ”, written out in full, not abbreviated to “X”, in Christmas.

  14. Ceteris Paribus

    @TomS:

    Fahrenheit degrees? Oh, wait – I forgot that is the temperature scale mandated by Xians in the US to prevent us from falling into the clutches of those atheistic Celsius folks who inhabit the entire rest of the globe.
    It would be more fun to subvert both of them and use the Kelvin scale, which starts with a true Zero degree at the bottom.

  15. It’s good to read letters like this from a devoted follower. These letters basically reaffirm my personal belief that all religions are silly.

  16. And to turn to Wikipedia.
    First of all, as to the climate of Jerusalem, the average low temperature for December and January: *.4C and 6.4C
    And as to the date:
    “In the 3rd century, the date of birth of Jesus was the subject of both great interest and great uncertainty. Around AD 200, Clement of Alexandria wrote:

    “ There are those who have determined not only the year of our Lord’s birth, but also the day; and they say that it took place in the 28th year of Augustus, and in the 25th day of [the Egyptian month] Pachon [May 20] … Further, others say that He was born on the 24th or 25th of Pharmuthi [April 20 or 21].[49] ”
    “In other writing of this time, May 20, April 18 or 19, March 25, January 2, November 17, and November 20 are all suggested.[9][50] Various factors contributed to the selection of December 25 as a date of celebration: it was the date of the winter solstice on the Roman calendar; it was about nine months after March 25, the date of the vernal equinox and a date linked to the conception of Jesus.”