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From A Christian Humanist, To Those Who Worship Humanity's Light

So HúmanLíght has cóme and góne (or stíll perháps is hére),
to célebráte "compássion, hópe, and reáson" fór the yeár.

The chíldish mÿth and sélf-decéptive fíction hás been húrled,
repláced by gládsome trúth of háppy fúture fór our wórld:

a fúture buílt by peóple whó exíst as fleéting líghts,
snuffed oút at lást and fínallÿ by dúmb amóral níght(s) --

peóple whó in trúth and fáct agaínst that chíldish mÿth
are útterlÿ and ónly máde of... whát the héck is thís?!

"Compássion, hópe and reáson?" Nó. They thréw that "mÿth" awáy.
And yét still wánt to célebráte those thíngs on Chrístmas Dáy,

forgétting theír own teáchings thát they wánt to teách at schoól:
they woúld have dóne much bétter tó keep Ódin ín their Yúle!

A troúblemáking wánderér, whose ónly sácrifíce
reveáls a cóming tríumph óf brutálitÿ and íce

all reáson ánd compássion, hópe and jóy destróyed at lást
and nóthing úp abóve him knóws or cáres of jústice pást.

To strúggle éven hópelesslÿ agaínst that fí…

Thoughts and Resources on Christmas

At Christmastime, people often begin to look into the facts and theology surrounding the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The CADRE has several interesting blog posts about Christmas that are well worth reading. Some are oriented as apologetics tools while others are more reflective. Among them are:
How Many Children in Bethlehem did Herod Kill? 
The Meaning of the Manger
Was Jesus Born in Nazareth or Bethlehem? Part I – Introduction Part II - Was Bethlehem Named for Theological Reasons? Part III – Do Mark and John Imply a Birth in Nazareth? Part IV – Jesus’ Birthplace in the Non-Canonical “Gospels” Part V - What about Bethlehem of Galilee?
Christmas, Charlie Brown and a time of receiving
December 25 and the myth of the pagan Christmas
Saturnalia: The precursor to Christmas?
The Crucified God by Jürgen Moltmann: a Christmas Reflection
When Was Jesus Born? -- Questions and Answers
The Unexpected Gospel of the Slaughter of the Innocents
There are lots more, and the listing of these particular articles is n…

What is HumanLight?

This morning, I received my favorite Yuletide publication – my email of the American Humanist News. It caught my attention because the title of the email was “The Secular Holiday Issue (Part  1).” In the email was the link to an article entitled “How To Celebrate Humanlight, A December Holiday For Humanists.” 
Humanlight? What in the world is Humanlight?
Well, according to the article, Humanlight is a new holiday (first celebrated in 2001) that may have been set for December 23 so that Humanists can have a holiday to celebrate around Christmas. Why do I say it "may have been set for December 23"? That's a long story. Here’s what the article says:
HumanLight is a secular holiday on December 23rd. It’s designed to celebrate and express the positive, secular, human values of reason, compassion, humanity and hope. HumanLight illuminates a positive, secular vision of a happy, just and peaceful future for our world, a future which people can build by working together, drawing on…

On Metacrock's blog today

Is God necessary for humans to love?

http://metacrock.blogspot.com/