For some, Christmas is the time of year for observing holiday traditions. For others, it’s a time to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. For many, it’s a time to do both.
Doing both is difficult. The meaning of Christmas competes for our attention with the Western tradition of the tree, the presents, the shopping, the meal, plus the complication of Covid and getting together with extended family.
Here is something to bring you back.
The accounts of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection recorded in the Gospels are as historically reliable as the history of Herodotus, and the history of Thucydides, and many other ancient texts. If you believe that Aristotle walked the earth and put ink to papyrus to write Poetics, then you are compelled to believe that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John walked the earth and put ink to papyrus to record the events surrounding the life of Jesus Christ. All these documents meet the bibliographical test for reliability, based on the standards of historical scholarship.