A Christmas Message

In my own unique way, I've a Christmas message for you. It's likely to be the oddest Christmas message you've ever read. First, to get something out of the way: as an atheist, I loath the typical atheist political activism and am happy I've observed it to be less prevalent this year. Good; people are maybe finally getting a life, realizing that a manger scene in the public square is truly not a sign of the end of rational civilization. Second, as an American, having grown up in the Christian tradition, I celebrate Christmas, not some generic, one-size-fits-all, nebulous and non-specific "Holiday." The Christ story, whether you take it literally or metaphorically, is obviously quite a powerful one. I happen to take it in the latter. Those who take it literally or historically miss the whole boat. It's not a question of whether he really existed or not, or, if he did, in the way it has been recorded; or, if he was really the son of a mythological supernatural being. The importance of the Jesus story is in the ideas. Those, truly, are eternal. Those are what were created and resurrected, if you will, and exist as if he...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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