Read The Two Babylons by Rev Alexander Hislop. Almost every single modern Christmas tradition had its invention in the Babylonian mystery cults.
A stupid and worthless book, based on 1840's archaeology (and much of that misused and/or misquoted) and a dogged dedication to the logical fallacy called "affirming the consequent". Oh, and a very superficial acquaintance with Catholicism and an Anglo-centric worldview.
It's ignorant foolishness unworthy of thinking Christians.
posted on 12/25/2010 4:27:10 PM PST
I agree that there were errors in the book, and there was an obvious anti-Catholic ingredient in it, as was the norm for many Protestant writings of the time. However, the information about traditions which have been instituted into our modern Christmas and Easter celebrations are still relevant.
There is no denying the pagan origin of the tree, the easter egg, the name Easter, the rabbit, etc. Christians of the first three centuries did not really celebrate Christmas, they celebrated the Passover and Resurrection. That is the important holiday. and the only one which truly matters.
posted on 12/27/2010 7:01:07 AM PST
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