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Two Recommended Christmas/New Year Articles

January 2, 08

First, a serious piece by Jerry Bowyer from Townhall. Excerpts:

AD or ADD?

2008 years from what? Most people still know (I hope) what event initiates our calendar. Few people know why. That’s because we have, long ago, stopped paying attention to history.

One of the reasons that it’s so hard to read and understand ancient history books is that they lack a unified chronology. Herodotus, Plutarch, etc., never say ‘this happened in the year X’. Instead they give you a lot of ‘in the tenth year of the reign of emperor such and such’, ‘or in the year of the 50th Olympiad’ etc.

There is, ancient man would say, no such thing as history. Everywhere there is chaos, except where our emperor/king/sheikh/chief/president-for-life reigns, and when he dies, the clock must be re-set. The King is dead, we shout, long live the king, and the calendar goes back to year one of the new reign.

When a new emperor comes, the clock is reset: It is year one. On it goes until the emperor dies and his reign ends. Then a new emperor and a new calendar.

But what if we had an emperor who will never (again) die? Then each generation will share the same calendar. We won’t date events by ‘the 10th year of the emperor Augustus’ or the 8th year of the reign of President Bush, or the 50th year of the glorious leader Fidel.

We’ll calculate them by the 2008th year of the reign of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. We’ll abbreviate them with AD (anno domini) using the Latin of the alleged city of eternal conquest.


And a fun satire mocking all the irreligious icons liberals hold dear, by The People’s Cube:

Christmas in History: First Media Reports of Nativity Story



Other Christmas posts:

Nostalgic Christmas Cartoons With a Christian Message

12 Days of Christmas Spoofs And Christmas Joke Songs


Be Thankful For Jesus’ Incredible Self-Control (Christmas Related Post)

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