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Bill McBlueState Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-21-04 03:41 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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