Special Report

Ghosts of Christmas Past

It’s generally acknowledged that the second-most important Christian festival has no biblical support. But have you asked yourself why it matters?

Truth or Tradition?

David Hulme

In his recent book, the pope acknowledges that the traditional Christmas story is not accurate in many respects. Many scholars have been pointing this out for decades, but does it really matter? Why should truth trump tradition?

 

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?
 

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?

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.

Another Jesus

Another Jesus

David Hulme

Peter Nathan

Two new books attempt to tell the story of the last days of Jesus’ life but go astray in their conclusions.

Jesus Christ: The Myth and the Reality

Jesus Christ: The Myth and the Reality

Peter Nathan

Like most historical accounts, the story of Jesus Christ comes down to us surrounded with legend and inaccuracy. What does the biblical record reveal?