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By Scott C. Lowe (ed.)

ISBN-10: 1444325388

ISBN-13: 9781444325386

ISBN-10: 144433090X

ISBN-13: 9781444330908

From Santa, elves and Ebenezer Scrooge, to the tradition wars and virgin start, Christmas - Philosophy for Everyone explores a number of philosophical concerns raised by way of the practices and ideology surrounding Christmas.

  • Offers considerate and funny philosophical insights into the main largely celebrated vacation within the Western international
  • Contributions come from quite a lot of disciplines, together with philosophy, theology, non secular reports, English literature, cognitive technological know-how and ethical psychology
  • The essays hide a variety of Christmas subject matters, from a defence of the miracle of the virgin delivery to the relevance of Christmas to atheists and pagans

Content:
Chapter 1 Jesus, Mary, and Hume (pages 9–23): Zachary Jurgensen and Jason Southworth
Chapter 2 The Virgin delivery (pages 24–35): Victor Lyons
Chapter three placing the “Yule” again in “Yuletide” (pages 36–46): Todd Preston
Chapter four Armed for the conflict on Christmas (pages 47–58): Scott F. Aiken
Chapter five Christmas Mythologies (pages 59–69): man Bennett?Hunter
Chapter 6 the importance of Christmas for Liberal Multiculturalism (pages 70–79): Mark Mercer
Chapter 7 Crummy ads and BB weapons (pages 80–90): Erin Haire and Dustin Nelson
Chapter eight The brain of Santa Claus and the Metaphors he Lives by way of (pages 91–103): William E. Deal and S. Waller
Chapter nine creating a record, Checking it two times (pages 104–113): Richard Hancuff and Noreen O'Connor
Chapter 10 you would greater be careful… (pages 114–124): Will Williams
Chapter eleven Santa's Sweatshop (pages 125–135): Matthew Brophy
Chapter 12 opposed to the Santa Claus Lie (pages 137–150): David Kyle Johnson
Chapter thirteen mendacity to young children approximately Santa (pages 151–160): period Gavrielides
Chapter 14 placing Claus again into Christmas (pages 161–171): Steven D. Hales
Chapter 15 Scrooge Learns all of it in a single evening (pages 172–182): Dr. Dane Scott
Chapter sixteen Holly Jolly Atheists (pages 183–196): Ruth Tallman
Chapter 17 Heaven, Hecate, and Hallmark (pages 197–207): Marion G. Mason
Chapter 18 Festivus and the necessity for Seasonal Absurdity (pages 208–218): Caleb Holt
Chapter 19 universal Claus (pages 219–230): Cindy Scheopner

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11 Ibid. indd 22 Z AC HARY JU RGENS EN AND JA SON SOUTHWORTH 5/7/2010 1:36:54 PM 12 Isaiah 7:14. 13 Non-Hebrew and non-Greek speakers can engage in biblical word study through the use of a concordance, which offers a word-by-word index of the Bible, giving each instance of the word, in the original language, as it appears in the Bible. The best source is Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, which is keyed to several English translations. A concordance alone is not enough, however, as it does not offer detailed translations or information about possible ambiguities and debates.

1324–84) was a theologian who was particularly upset by the immoderation of Christmas celebrations. Being the first translator of the Bible into English, he certainly had a pro-Christian agenda, but Wyclif’s list of abuses sheds some light on what a “traditional” Christmas was really like. In a tract explicating the “Ave Maria,” Wyclif calls holiday merrymakers on the carpet: But now he that can best play a pageant of the devil, singing songs of lechery, of battles and lies, and cry as a crazy man, and despise God’s majesty, and swear by the heart, bones, and all the limbs of Christ, is held to be a most merry man and shall have the thanks of the rich and the poor; and this is called the worship of the great solemnity of Christmas.

The early inhabitants of Britain, the Celtic Britons, were conquered by the Romans in 43 CE. While the Britons may not have been happy about being conquered, running water, paved roads, and hot baths seemed to have gone some way to assuage their wounded pride. For almost four centuries the Britons were slowly Romanized (as the conquering Romans were surely Britonized as well). Unfortunately, this pleasant arrangement was not to last forever. Trouble on the home front, in the form of invading Visigoths at Rome’s door, led to a relatively hasty Roman decampment from Britain in 410.

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