Special Report

What Does the Bible Say About Christian Holidays?

As many people know, the popular holidays of traditional Christianity have roots in pagan practice. Some say it doesn’t matter. Is this true?

Christmas: Does It Matter?

Christmas: Does It Matter?

Brian Orchard

It’s generally acknowledged that the second-most important festival of the Christian calendar has no biblical support. Most people shrug that off as irrelevant, but is it?
 

Just Who Is Santa Claus?

Just Who Is Santa Claus?

Alice Abler

By working backward through history, we find that Santa Claus has been with us in various guises for thousands of years.

I'm Dreaming of a Right Christmas

I’m Dreaming of a Right Christmas

Edwin Stepp

Robert C. Boraker

You’ve probably heard that the Western world’s biggest holiday is steeped in paganism. But have you asked yourself why it matters? 

Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men

Peace on Earth and Goodwill to All Men

Martin Coates

The proclamation of “peace on earth and goodwill to all” is popular at Christmas time. In a world torn by war, crime and greed, where is the peace and goodwill?

The Pass Over to Easter

Passover to Easter

Peter Nathan

The establishment of Easter as a key Christian festival is an example of the syncretization of Judeo-Christian and pagan celebrations.

Easter: An Empty Shell

An Empty Shell

Robert C. Boraker

Easter: How can it be that the book the Christian world calls holy is silent on one of traditional Christianity’s most important celebrations?

Cupid's Disheartening Past

Cupid’s Disheartening Past

Alice Abler

Despite his perpetually youthful appearance, Cupid is no neophyte. History shows that this veteran Valentine has been plying his trade since ancient times.

Cultic Convergence: Valentine's Day Traditions

Cultic Convergence

Alice Abler

The title and image of the Queen of Heaven persist in popular religious tradition. Ancient pagan images took on new connotations as traditions were assimilated.

Halloween: Treat or Trick?

Bill Butler

It’s more popular than ever and it may seem harmless enough but is there another side to the celebration of Halloween?

Sugarcoating Halloween

Sugarcoating Halloween

Michael McKinney

Although Halloween did not originate in the United States, Americans spend more than six billion dollars celebrating their fastest growing holiday each year.