December 24, 2009

FROM THE ARCHIVES: YET HE NEVER SCOURGED ANYONE OUT OF PILATE'S OFFICE...:

The politics of the Christmas story (James Carroll, December 21, 2004, Boston Globe)

THE SINGLE most important fact about the birth of Jesus, as recounted in the Gospels, is one that receives almost no emphasis in the American festival of Christmas. The child who was born in Bethlehem represented a drastic political challenge to the imperial power of Rome. The nativity story is told to make the point that Rome is the enemy of God, and in Jesus, Rome's day is over.

Even by Mr. Carroll's low standards, that's just silly.


[originally posted: 2004-12-21]

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