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Written on November 28th, 2006 by Shawn Anthony

New Line Cinema’s The Nativity Story hits theaters this Friday, December 1st. The film looks absolutely incredible, if the promotional clips are any indication. Here is all the recommendation that I need: “… The Nativity Story is biblically accurate, historically authentic, and visually stunning. Written with heart … it’s destined to become a beloved Christmas classic,” said Anne Graham Lotz, founder of AnGeL Ministries and daughter of evangelist Billy Graham. A movie about Christ at Christmas! Oh the scandal! I wonder if ‘they’ will picket and protest it as too Christian? God, I hope not.

7 Responses to “New Line Cinema’s The Nativity Story”

  1. It seems that “they” just might do something of the sort. . . You may thank the wonderful Wizard of U*Us for sharing that news.

    Robin Edgar

  2. What a completely pathetic thing to do. I honestly thought there might be this sort of reaction to a movie about Christ at Christmas … but then I thought nah, surely people are more intelligent than that! I was wrong! If you don’t want Christ in Christmas than stop celebrating Christmas for goodness sake! Christmas is a religious holiday - and dedicated to Christ! It is really that simple.

    Shawn Anthony

  3. I’ll probably be doing the Sol Invictus thing or something this year. . . ;-)

    Let’s not forget that Christians appropriated diverse pagan winter solstice festivals to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The ancient Egyptians and other ancient “pagan” cultures beat them to it by a few millennia though. . .

    Robin Edgar

  4. I have to agree. I am not offended by Christians celebrating their Holidays anymore than I am offended by Jews, Muslims or Pagans celebrating theirs. I support your right to celebrate your holidays. I choose to keep Christ out of my Xmas and you are free to keep him in your Christmas.

    Halden

  5. Early Christians held the holiday as an alternative to the Pagan festival. That is not appropriation, it is a historical alternative for a cultural minority, contextually speaking.

    Halden, right on … though I’m not so sure the larger social motive is as honest or sensible as your own.

    Shawn

  6. Christians aligned Christian holidays with pre-existing pagan holidays in order to supplant them, this is well docomented history. Christians had a habit of building their churches right on top of “pagan” sacred sites. There are Christian churches built right on top of Aztec pyramids, and many pyramids were torn down to provide building material for Christian churches. Long before Christians even crossed the Atlantic to evangelize the New World they did pretty much the same thing in the Old World. One of the funniest examples of this practice is the church that was almost certainly built right on top of a pagan altar or stone circle on the top of Glastonbury Tor Goddess worship site in England. . .

    To paraphrase the line from the classic Trix cereal commercial -

    Silly Christians clits are for pagans. . .

    Now if that doesn’t crack you up I don’t know what will. ;-)

    Here in Quebec, St. Jean Baptiste Day has been appropriated from the Catholic church by Quebec nationalists and separatists. It is now known as La Fête nationale du Québec. It takes place on June 24th and one can be quite sure that the Roman Catholic Church initiated St. Jean Baptiste Day celebrations to *assimilate* pagan summer solstice celebrations.

    I am not a “pagan” per se, as I am a pure monotheist, however I do recognize that “pagan” solstice celebrations have a valid symbolic role to play within a monotheistic religious context. Christians are most welcome to continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus, aka “The Son of God”, aka “The Sun of Righteousness”* at the time of the symbolic “rebirth” aka “resurrection” of the sun following the winter solstice, just as the ancient Egyptians celebrated the birth of their solar falcon god Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis, at the time of the winter solstice millennia before Jesus entered the world as a human being. I do believe however that Christians need to properly understand and acknowledge what they are really doing when they align Christian holidays with ancient “pagan” holidays. Christian relations with “pagans” aka “heathens” were not all sweetness and light by any means. Christians have forcibly, and indeed quite brutally, assimilated various “pagan” cultures around the world in their evangelical zeal to spread the Gospel.

    *with healing in his wings. . . Malachi 4:2

    Robin Edgar

  7. “Christians aligned Christian holidays with pre-existing pagan holidays in order to supplant them, this is well documented history.”

    Right on, Robin. They did so to offer their minority religious community an option that did not conflict with their convictions and faith re: Jesus Christ. This is a historical presentation of an alternative, rather than an appropriation.

    Shawn Anthony

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