Do grinches who profess Christianity grumble that our seasonal celebrations are too secular, while grinches who profess other religions (or none at all) grumble that they are too bound up with Christianity?
Yes, but many people who are not grinches sense the common thread that comes down to us from long before any contemporary squabbles about holidays near the winter solstice.
Those who laid out the passage tombs in Stone Age Ireland expressed an enduring hope with silent eloquence. Life and light may somehow prevail over death and darkness.
I read a reblog by Mitch Teemley of Russell Brown’s post
before I ported my notes for this “Yes, but …” post from a plain text editor to a WordPress draft. (Yes, I am that old.) Tho Russell Brown’s remarks did not prompt any changes in my own remarks about various grinches versus an enduring multicultural hope, I am glad to see that someone who followed a different path from a different place arrived at a similar destination. Why do I care?
While one valid proof is enough to establish something in pure math, everything else is messy and uncertain. The premisses of an argument are not nailed down; the steps are not absolutely valid. It helps to know that several imperfect arguments lead to roughly the same conclusion.
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