Beyond Extraordinary Ep. 32: Debunking the “Pagan Christmas” Myth with Cliff Garner
Is it wrong for a Christian to celebrate Christmas? Are our Christmas traditions mired in pagan symbolism? Is Christmas a day that once belonged to an assortment of sun gods? Can a Christian celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th in spirit and truth? Should we? Where did these “Pagan Christmas” ideas come from?
These are the questions we’re taking on in this very important Christmas episode of Beyond Extraordinary.
Anyone who has been following this site is aware of my stance on this issue. Some of you may recall my article posted last year on this very issue. If you missed it or need a refresher, you can read it here: college essays on diversity
My guest for this episode is Cliff Garner, a scholar and historian with a keen grasp on ancient history and the early church. Cliff helps us parse through the claims made by a burgeoning movement that would suggest that Christmas is a time that devout Christians should avoid at all costs. He pours through source materials from legitimate scholars to find the truth, debunks the myths and fantasies created by unqualified researchers, and endeavors to lay to rest the notion that Christmas is a pagan festival. Cliff can regularly be heard on Like Flint Radio.
In the beginning of this episode, I weigh in with my take, and I also share a very special story for the season.
Ultimately, neither myself nor Cliff wish to pressure anyone into celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25th. If you do not wish to participate, that is your right and you are not commanded to do so. With that said, we find it important to dispel the erroneous information that has been used to confuse and scare Christians who simply want to use Christmas as a day to fellowship with family and friends, worship our Lord and witness to the world.
Listen to the full interview below! *Full list of sources mentioned in the show can be found below the podcast player*
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(A couple of spots during the interview have some audio interference due to a troublesome connection)
Articles mentioned in the introduction:
Articles by Cris Putnam:
List of Sources provided by Cliff Garner:
Some calculations on Christmas….
Why not celebrate Christmas?
Games not instituted Dec. 25, but by Aurelian. Some issues.
1965 article that tends to prove Dec. 25 date
Semiramis and Hislop
On Sol Invictus…
Aurelian, Constantine, and Sol in Late Antiquity…
P 98 figure 27 we discussed. http://asbereansdid.blogspot.com/2011/01/on-nimrod-and-christmas-trees-part-i.html