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Cracked Christmas Carols — A Yuletide Musicological Post Mortem

Cracked Christmas Carols — A Yuletide Musicological Post Mortem

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Now that Christmas is over -- unless you celebrate Christmas from the first Sunday of Advent through and including the Feast of the Epiphany -- it might be a good time to examine the political and ideological questions raised by Christmas carols ... which I do in this week's "Skeptic's Collection" column in hopes of increasing the "woke-ness" level for Christmas of 2019. No reason to thank me ... ===================================================== Recently, the cultural outrage factory, never short of work, has managed to evoke a sense of high dudgeon about the allegedly sexist lyrics, amounting to an advocacy of date rape, attaching to the well-known Christmas carol “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. Before following the controversy on Facebook, I would have thought that this kerfuffle
This Is A VERY DELICATE “Skeptic’s” Column To Write

This Is A VERY DELICATE “Skeptic’s” Column To Write

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Seriously. So I’m going to take a little time to say what my intent is not. First of all, my intent is not to ridicule Christianity. Sincere critique is one thing:  I agree with Sam Harris, who says, early in The End of Faith, that religious propositions and principles should be no more immune from searching critique than any other type of propositions. But ridicule is something different. So my purpose is not to ridicule. Rather, my purpose in writing as below is very simple:  I have questions. That’s all. Just questions. To orthodox – lower-case “o” – believers, these questions may be, probably will be, at least somewhat uncomfortable to contemplate. But I also believe that no question should be literally un-ask-able. Progress often comes from asking uncomfortable questions. (Like
Advent, Week Four, Love – Prayerful Tuesday

Advent, Week Four, Love – Prayerful Tuesday

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And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 FAITH, HOPE, LOVE faith, hope, love in faith an elderly Priest and his wife waited for their first child in faith a maiden utters the words “Here Am I” in love a child leaps in the womb at the approach of the pregnant Mary in love a bridegroom takes a pregnant girl as his wife in love Mary lays her first born in a manger in love the angels sang and a star appeared in hope the shepherds came to the stable in hope Magi followed a star to kneel at the feet of a carpenters son Faith, Hope, Love all three were needed for the greatest of miracles but it was Love that conquered all -- Ruth Jewell, December 21, 2015 Meditations for a Mindful Advent Queen Anne