Article Collection What Does the Bible Say About Christian Holidays? As many people know, popular Christian holidays have roots in pagan practice. Some say it doesn't matter. Is this true? Fall 2007 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? Fall 2007 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. Fall 2001 I’m Dreaming of a Right Christmas Robert C. Boraker Edwin Stepp You've probably heard that the Western world’s biggest holiday is steeped in paganism. But have you asked yourself whether it matters? Fall 2012 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? Spring 2005 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. April 5, 2012 On the Trail of the Easter Bunny Alice Abler Easter is considered one of the oldest and most sacred Christian holidays, but what do rabbits and eggs have to do with the celebration? Spring 2001 An Empty Shell Robert C. Boraker Why is the Bible silent on one of traditional Christianity’s most important celebrations? Winter 2010 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 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. Fall 2002 Halloween: Treat or Trick? Bill Butler It’s more popular than ever and may seem harmless enough, but is there another side to the celebration of Halloween?