Skip to comments.Archbishop says nativity 'a legend'
Posted on 12/20/2007 5:43:47 AM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
The Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men was nothing but a 'legend'.
Dr Rowan Williams has claimed there was little evidence that the Magi even existed and there was certainly nothing to prove there were three of them or that they were kings.
Dr Williams argued that the traditional Christmas story was nothing but a 'legend'
He said the only reference to the wise men from the East was in Matthew's gospel and the details were very vague.
Dr Williams said: "Matthew's gospel says they are astrologers, wise men, priests from somewhere outside the Roman Empire, that's all we're really told. It works quite well as legend."
The Archbishop went on to dispel other details of the Christmas story, adding that there were probably no asses or oxen in the stable.
He argued that Christmas cards which showed the Virgin Mary cradling the baby Jesus, flanked by shepherds and wise men, were misleading. As for the scenes that depicted snow falling in Bethlehem, the Archbishop said the chance of this was "very unlikely".
In a final blow to the traditional nativity story, Dr Williams concluded that Jesus was probably not born in December at all. He said: "Christmas was when it was because it fitted well with the winter festival."
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Take it whence it comes. This man is a heretic, the ArchDruid, presiding over a group of limpwristed fairies prancing around in dresses and women in pantsuits with dog collars.
Has made a comfortable life with this “legend”.
I actually wonder what his end game is. What is the object of this exercise?
So the Archbishop of Canterberry doesn’t believe the bible? Time to toss him out on his ear.
You do you reckon will be the first Muslim Archbishop of Canterbury, and when will he take office?
Does that mean Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey didn’t really carry Mary to Bethlehem either?
My entire belief system is falling apart.
The headline written by some Liberal POS is misleading.
I’ve heard that the three “wise men” may have not come until weeks after the birth of Christ, which means the “manger” scene may have not included them. Not a big deal, and the Christmas Nativity scene is symbolic of their patronage.
What is going on in this world?????
Sounds like he's trying avoid spending eternity in heaven.
The olny “myth” here is that of the World Wide Anglican Communion..
well, he is right about december. jesus wasnt born then, church officials way back when just took over a pagan holiday.
I wonder when Cardinal Rowan DOES propose that Christians celebrate the birth of Christ, if not at the annual celestial turning point from darkness into light? Or perhaps we will soon hear that he considers Christ, too, to be an allegorical figure. Is Jesus Christ’s name even mentioned anymore in Anglican church services, or have they become “inclusive”?
cant support the rest of that nonsense tho.
If you go to the website and read the comments, there is a good one, something like: “If the Archibishop had been there, there would have been at least one ass in the stable.”
just another drop in the erosion and attempted eradication of Christmas.
He hinted that decades ago he was not "too fussed" with the literal truth of the doctrine of the Virgin Birth. But as time went on, he developed a "deeper sense" of what the Virgin Birth was all about.
This guy is a Bishop? This guy is NUTZ!
I can not verify it’s claims, but it is interesting...
The Gospel accoding to Matthew is not a lightweight source.
I guess the ArchBs would dismiss Jeb Stuart’s ride around the Union Army because (of the early sources) it was mentioned in Lee’ Lieutenants by Freeman but not in the earlier source of the Rise and Fall of the Confederate States of America by Davis. It has been longer since said War than the time between Christ’s life and the completion of all four Gospels.
...’limpwristed fairies prancing around in dresses and women in pantsuits with dog collars’...???