Daily Archives: 24/12/2010

Christmas Eve down the mine pit, December 24, 1954

Reverend R.N. Timms (r), and Reverend G. Hunt, the local Methodist Minister (l), hold a Christmas carol service for miners 200 feet below ground at the Furnace Pit, Lower Gornal in Dudley, Worcestershire, England, UK. Picture from here.

Posted in History

Christmas with Santa in Stratford, Ontario, December 16, 1960

It’s not hard to figure out what message Santa is conveying to Matthew Berger, who, it turns out, will be two years old the day after this picture is taken, December 16, 1960. It is, perhaps, Santa’s best-known directive.  The … Continue reading

Posted in History

Edward Feser’s philosophical meditation on the meaning of Christmas

Putting the Cross back into Christmas Reason tells us to trust in God, but reason is cold, and falters in the face of a dying child.  Yes, we are rational animals.  But we are rational animals – creatures of flesh and … Continue reading

Posted in Philosophy

Alfred Delp, Christian martyr, on Christmas

‘Christmas has always been subject to many misunderstandings.  Superficialities, taking refuge in familiarity, idyllic playing around with Nativity scenes, and so forth, have displaced our view from the tremendous event this holy day represents . . . One must take … Continue reading

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Well, that didn’t last long: Lincoln Tunnel atheist sign replaced by Christian one

No doubt when Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Terry Sanderson and their Westboro Baptist Secular Society clones hear about this, they’ll get all apoplectic with rage for about the twentieth time today: ‘God is’ billboard replaces controversial Lincoln Tunnel atheist billboard

Posted in Atheism

Like Richard Dawkins and the New Atheists today, Hitler wanted to take Christ out of Christmas

Just like Richard Dawkins, Terry Sanderson and his tiny troupe of militant secularists, and the New Atheists in general, the Nazis wanted to take Christ out of Christmas: Hitler’s Christmas party: Rare photographs capture leading Nazis celebrating in 1941 The Nazi Christmas … Continue reading

Posted in Atheism, Secularism

Book Review: ‘Landslide’ by Desmond Bagley, a thriller set in British Columbia, Canada

‘Landslide’ by Desmond Bagley, Collins, 1967 This is very much a “one man against the big company” type of thriller, which seems to have gone out of fashion nowadays.  Contemporary tastes tend more towards “one man (and female sidekick) against the … Continue reading

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