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Bill McBlueState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-21-04 02:41 PM
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15. 2000-some years ago
Consider this: Jesus didn't become well-known until he was 30 or so. If the authors of the gospels knew him at all, it was in the few years immediately preceding his death, certainly not at his birth. Given the state of recordkeeping and timekeeping in that era, Jesus himself probably couldn't have pinned his birthday down to a precise day in an exact year.

Why would we have any hope of doing the same, 2000 years later?

If Christians want to celebrate their savior's birth and reflect on its meaning at a particular time they've all agreed on, why not let them? Sure, laugh at the ones who think Jesus was really born on December 25, 0, but most of them aren't that dense.
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  -Wasn't Christ born in June? graywarrior  Dec-21-04 01:54 PM   #0 
  - yes  Vincardog   Dec-21-04 01:56 PM   #1 
  - My understanding was that he was born in fall, around harvest time.  ET Awful   Dec-21-04 01:57 PM   #2 
  - Years and years ago I read something that mentioned june or july.  Union Thug   Dec-21-04 01:59 PM   #3 
  - Remember in Back To The Future when...  dean_dem   Dec-21-04 02:01 PM   #4 
  - Ah, "The Doc Brown says it so, must be so" Theory of Validity.  dr.strangelove   Dec-21-04 02:04 PM   #8 
     - I think you need to check your flux capacitor  MemphisTiger   Dec-21-04 02:08 PM   #10 
        - Time Circuits - On; Flux Capacitor - Fluxing; Engine - Running . . .  dr.strangelove   Dec-21-04 02:16 PM   #12 
  - Yep, sometime in the spring or early summer.  deadparrot   Dec-21-04 02:02 PM   #5 
  - I always heard birth was in September  dr.strangelove   Dec-21-04 02:03 PM   #6 
  - Well, the Roman census was a pretty well-documented event.  trogdor   Dec-21-04 03:06 PM   #19 
     - I understand that census took over two years  dr.strangelove   Dec-21-04 03:30 PM   #23 
  - Uh, no.  Lone_Wolf_Moderate   Dec-21-04 02:04 PM   #7 
  - I have found  Cerridwen   Dec-21-04 02:08 PM   #9 
  - September 11th.... Hmmmmmmmmm.....  CO Liberal   Dec-21-04 03:08 PM   #20 
     - Yeah. Here's a link.  Cerridwen   Dec-21-04 03:25 PM   #21 
  - As another poster pointed out...  baba   Dec-21-04 02:14 PM   #11 
  - Another born again here, and though we celebrate His birth  Mabeline   Dec-21-04 02:16 PM   #13 
  - well, if there really were "lambs" in the stable,  fairfaxvadem   Dec-21-04 02:23 PM   #14 
  - 2000-some years ago  Bill McBlueState   Dec-21-04 02:41 PM   #15 
  - What's the point??  forgethell   Dec-21-04 02:45 PM   #16 
  - No, probably July....  Bridget Burke   Dec-21-04 02:58 PM   #17 
  - The simple answer: Early spring or late fall  Xithras   Dec-21-04 03:04 PM   #18 
  - I'd be upset if my birthday was celebrated in June when I was  graywarrior   Dec-21-04 03:28 PM   #22 

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