Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem? Why the Gospels disagree over the circumstances of Christ’s birth

Was Jesus really born in Bethlehem? Why the Gospels disagree over the circumstances of Christ’s birth A doll representing the infant Jesus in St. Catherine’s, the Franciscan church in the town of Bethlehem. David Silverman/Getty Images Rodolfo Galvan Estrada III, Fuller Theological Seminary Every Christmas, a relatively small town in the Palestinian West Bank comes …

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The humble origins of ‘Silent Night’

Cover: This undated score, written by Joseph Mohr and titled ‘Weynachts Lied’ (‘Christmas Carol’), is the earliest known surviving copy of ‘Silent Night.’ Salzburg Museum The humble origins of ‘Silent Night’ This undated score, written by Joseph Mohr and titled ‘Weynachts Lied’ (‘Christmas Carol’), is the earliest known surviving copy of ‘Silent Night.’ Salzburg Museum …

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Hanukkah’s true meaning is about Jewish survival

Hanukkah’s true meaning is about Jewish survival www.shutterstock.com Alan Avery-Peck, College of the Holy Cross Every December Jews celebrate the eight-day festival of Hanukkah, perhaps the best-known and certainly the most visible Jewish holiday. While critics sometimes identify Christmas as promoting the prevalence in America today of what one might refer to as Hanukkah kitsch, …

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What Einstein meant by ‘God does not play dice’

‘The theory produces a good deal but hardly brings us closer to the secret of the Old One,’ wrote Albert Einstein in December 1926. ‘I am at all events convinced that He does not play dice.’ Einstein was responding to a letter from the German physicist Max Born. The heart of the new theory of …

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Religion is about emotion regulation, and it’s very good at it

Cover Photo by Ted Spiegel/National Geographic/Getty Religion does not help us to explain nature. It did what it could in pre-scientific times, but that job was properly unseated by science. Most religious laypeople and even clergy agree: Pope John Paul II declared in 1996 that evolution is a fact and Catholics should get over it. …

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Why religion is not going away and science will not destroy it

In 1966, just over 50 years ago, the distinguished Canadian-born anthropologist Anthony Wallace confidently predicted the global demise of religion at the hands of an advancing science: ‘belief in supernatural powers is doomed to die out, all over the world, as a result of the increasing adequacy and diffusion of scientific knowledge’. Wallace’s vision was …

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