Christmas again

Top atheist and bien pensant opinion former Polly Toynbee popped up again in the Guardian a few days ago to debate, after a fashion, with Giles Fraser, ex-vicar, on “the meaning of Christmas”. Most of of it was predictably mad (“I wish churches would become atheistical but keep their community function”).  Fraser’s somewhat soppy (“of course I don’t believe it’s literally true”} analysis was routinely countered by Polly, except for this bit:

I sometimes go (to church), and I love the carols, but just as you think, “I can go along with this”, you’re drawn up short by the extraordinary nature of the theology. And you think, “This is extraordinary garbage!”

Thanks Polly. But if it’s really, indisputably all a load of rubbish, why would you ever go at all? Something bothering you?

 

Bosch: Adoration of the Magi, 1495
Bosch: Adoration of the Magi, 1495

PS: The Knife would like to re-recommend last year’s Christmas listening, especially the best version of In The Bleak Midwinter.

 

 

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