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Is Christmas ‘information’? Not likely, until it’s a case of ‘Christmas AND …’ — GetReligion

At the least annually, again within the days once I was in a newsroom full-time, I might have a semi-argument with an editor about this query: Are debates about worship points “exhausting information”?

Once in a while I might win and we’d run a narrative — like a function about United Methodists arguing about gender-neutral language for God (this was within the Eighties). When it ran, all hellfire broke free, which satisfied some editors that I used to be proper. Others, nonetheless, have been upset that so many readers disagreed with their conviction {that a} religion-religion story was information, versus religion-politics tales.

This brings me to Christmas — which is on a Sunday this 12 months. This has led to some attention-grabbing polling and emotional online debates, however, thus far, not a lot information protection in regards to the central worship query: Ought to church buildings have fun Christmas on Christmas, even when Dec. 25 falls on a Sunday? This was the hook for this week’s “Crossroads” podcast (CLICK HERE to tune that in).

Analysis? The group at Lifeway Analysis has carried out two research linked to Christmas worship. For instance, see this Baptist Press headline: “Most churches plan to open on Christmas and New Year’s Day.” I wrote a column the opposite day with this headline: “When is Christmas? That depends on the person asking.”

Again to the query about worship being information. You find yourself with an equation that goes one thing like this:

* Flocks of individuals attending Latin Mass rites isn’t information.

* The pope questioning the motives of conventional Catholics who assist the Latin Mass is information.

* A serious American political chief — Joe Biden, maybe — supporting the pope’s tackle the Latin Mass could be large information.

See how this works? You’ll be able to see how this could apply to the entire “When is Christmas?” debate. It issues to hundreds of thousands of individuals in pews. It doesn’t matter to the political desk.

Nonetheless, Christmas is a power of nature that impacts hundreds of thousands of individuals around the globe. I predict, for instance, protection of this legitimate matter explored by The Guardian: “Orthodox church of Ukraine allows worshippers to celebrate Christmas on 25 December.” Spot the equation at work:

For hundreds of years Ukrainians have celebrated Christmas on 7 January, the date on which Jesus was born, in accordance with the Julian calendar.

However following Vladimir Putin’s invasion in February, the Orthodox church of Ukraine is permitting its congregations for the primary time to have fun Christmas on 25 December, in a transfer away from Russia and in direction of the west.

In fact, there are two main Orthodox our bodies in Ukraine — one with centuries of historic, canonical ties to Russian Orthodoxy and a brand new physique acknowledged by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey and, nicely, america and the European Union. The important thing:

The transfer to 25 December is a part of an even bigger nationwide technique of dismantling the symbols of Russia, the Soviet Union and communism, which took off in 2014 when [Vladimir] Putin annexed Crimea and kickstarted a pro-Moscow rebellion within the jap Donbas area.

In brief, Christmas plus bullets is information. This debate was actual — however not information — earlier than the invasion.

What about Christmas tales which might be clearly spiritual and are linked to non-political or SEMI-political traits and points?

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