And when did Catholics stop being Christians? When they disagreed with you? Or, rather, when you disagreed with them? Since the Reformation was the Protestants splitting off from the Catholics and not the other way around.
7/6/2007 12:42:49 AM
You have no understanding of historical process, do you Krispy?
Halloween is indeed a pagan (celtic) holliday from the beginning, one that's been assimilated into the Christian community over time. If its ties to Catholicism are stronger than to Protestantism, it's for historical and not religious reasons. The assimilation took place mostly in Ireland, where Catholicism is stronger overall.
Same thing with Christmas actually. Before Constantine the Great, the birth of Christ was celebrated January sixth. It was only to bring together Christians with Mithras and Sol Invictus cults that the date was changed.
It's from the Sol Invictus cults that Christians adopted the custom of painting a halo around holy people's heads.
And what do christmas trees have to do with christianity? Nothing. It's a Germanic custom that did not simply die with their conversion.
Sorry for raining on your parade.
7/6/2007 1:18:23 AM
Are there any Christian holidays that don't have pagan roots?
7/6/2007 7:53:08 AM
Let's see, Christmas is largely pagan in origin. New Years is not Christian either, you Americans celebrate Thanksgiving which is a historic commemoration, not religious at all... Patriot Day? Nope, it doesn't celebrate Jebus.
Did I leave anything out?
7/6/2007 8:31:26 AM
Okay, just so I can get things clear in my head KrispyKritter, are you referring to October 31st which is All Hallows Eve or are you referring to November the First which is All Saints Day? They're not the same thing you know.
7/6/2007 10:18:33 AM
Why should fundies allow themselves *any* holidays? They're too guilt-ridden to enjoy them.
Meanwhile, the annual runup to Shrove Tuesday in traditional Christian cultures, gives evidence of great human joy...in spite of any and all scripture.
7/6/2007 10:28:30 AM