There is a war on against Christmas. And it’s coming from all directions. From one point, it is attacked for being too “commercial” and “material.” From another, and right in step with the general cancel culture that’s pervaded our society, Christmas is maligned for being “exclusive,” as it is taken as the purview of a single religion (and a majority one in the West, which is an even graver sin today): Christianity.
But what if we separated the holiday from religion?
Matthew argues that this is precisely what we ought to do, as when we sift out the essential characteristics that define the benevolent Christmas spirit—earthly joy and material pleasure (i.e. commercialism)—we find that what we all love about Christmas are such secular elements, which are in fact incompatible with explicit Christian morality.
Taken for what it truly is, Matthew can’t imagine anything more lovingly inclusive.
Read the article upon which Matthew’s class mini-lecture was based
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