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What Exactly Was the Star of Bethlehem?

Only one astronomical body matches Matthew’s description of the Star perfectly — a comet.

George Zimmerman, ‘Good Samaritan’?

Jacob Langston/ Orlando Sentinel To the extent that he ever left, George Zimmerman is back in the news, an in … Continued

Despots, detention and an immigration Epiphany

AP Christian worshipers visit the Church of Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, ahead … Continued

Twenty new little stars: Christmas and the vulnerability of children

EPA A woman kneels in front of a fence with the names of the 20 children killed a week ago … Continued

Vatican blasts media coverage of pope’s latest book

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday (Nov. 29) blasted the press for focusing too narrowly on whether animals were … Continued

Pope’s final book on Jesus focuses on Christmas birth, hidden childhood

VATICAN CITY — Just in time for Christmas, the Vatican on Tuesday (Nov. 20) unveiled a new book by Pope … Continued

After Vatican’s rebuke of nuns, time to hear Mary’s voice

Imagine the fury of the men of Galilee when a young, unmarried girl showed up in their village pregnant. They … Continued

‘The Little Drummer Boy,’ according to Bieber

BRENDAN MCDERMID REUTERS Singer Justin Bieber performs on NBC’s “Today” show in New York November 23, 2011. I used to … Continued

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Epiphany: No, Christmas Isn’t Over Just Yet

Here’s what the greeting cards and Nativity plays don’t tell us about the Christmas story.

Why I want to believe in Christmas

I love Christmas. I have always loved Christmas. I love the trees and the lights and the ornaments and the … Continued

Where are the wise men?

By Right Revered William E. Swing Two thousand years ago on the first Christmas, the headlines were about Caesar Augustus’ … Continued

Would Jesus fight in the Christmas Wars?

By Becky Garrison Wonder what Jesus thinks of those family values Republicans who push to keep Christ in Christmas but … Continued

Selling atheism with billboards

Returning to Manhattan after Thanksgiving, I was greeted at the New Jersey entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel with a huge … Continued

The fool and his folly

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

Save energy, self-discover at home

In the memoir Eat, Pray, Love, writer Elizabeth Gilbert gives up her entire way of life to spend a year … Continued

The Twitter of Doom

Q: Was the Utah attorney general wrong to use Twitter, or religious language, to describe an execution? With all our … Continued

Can Zoroastrians save their faith?

By Deena Guzder Many of us recently finished celebrating Christmas, Eid, and Hanukkah; however, few of us have heard of … Continued

Making room for wise men

By David Waters The state of Arkansas will officially recognize winter solstice as well as Christmas this holiday season, thanks … Continued

A memo regarding the Christmas creche

Office of the White House Czar for Celebration and Jollification Alcibiades Antinous, Director RE: The White House Christmas Crèche Someone … Continued

Giving too much attention to baby Jesus

Q: Should the White House, whose residents serve all Americans, display a crèche or a menorah or any strictly religious … Continued