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? December 17, 2012 Truth or Tradition? David Hulme In his 2012 book, Pope Benedict acknowledges that the traditional Christmas story is not accurate in many respects. Scholars have been pointing this out for decades, but does it really matter? Why should truth trump tradition? 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 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 why 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? 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. Spring 2006 Another Jesus David Hulme Peter Nathan Two books attempt to tell the story of the last days of Jesus’ life but go astray in their conclusions. Premier Issue, 1999 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?