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Thursday, December 25, 2014
Robert Anton Wilson on the pagan origins of Christmas.
Jesse Walker on "Puritans, pagans and Christmas."
Merry Christmas from Eris, via Adam Gorightly.
Libertarians discuss Scrooge.
Nativity scene above by DUCCIO di Buoninsegna(b. ca. 1255, Siena, d. 1319, Siena). From the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. "Although remaining faithful to Byzantine iconography, the Nativity scene pays greater attention to space, which is well distributed and amplified by the measured rhythm of the gestures. The narrative is enriched with descriptive details, combining facts drawn from Luke and from the apocryphal gospels, such as the two midwives bathing the Child (probably Salome and Zelomi) and the ox and the ass, while Joseph is portrayed in his usual thoughtful attitude, sitting outside the grotto."
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My first name originally meant "Bear-Man." When an earlier official pope said that only men could be priests because of their "physical resemblance to Jesus," I pointed out that I was closer than most, being bearded and Semitic, but these days I look more like Santa.
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