Christmas - with its holiday lights, bright packages, and nativity displays - has become a controversial frontline in the increasingly intolerant culture wars. Whether or not to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" how to refer to the tree, and just how "biblical" Christmas may actually be is debated online, during city council meetings, and in courthouses each year. Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school and festivities, Christmas should be a time of peace and love - not arguments over who can celebrate what and where or when. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? Nativity scenes are nixed and even the word "Christmas" is considered offensive by some. Get the facts behind the history, relevance, and biblical connections of this beloved holiday: Is it a bunch of pagan symbols or traditions "Christianized" for the celebration? Why is a Christian concept of Christmas so important for those who don't believe in Jesus? Most may say Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but are we truly worshiping Him or just celebrating the earthly gifts we give ourselves?
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Table of Contents
What About Christmas? 5
Chapter 1 Christmas and a Humble Christ 6
Chapter 2 Where did the Name Christmas Come From? 10
Chapter 3 What is Christmas About? 14
Chapter 4 The Origin of Christmas: Isn't Christmas a Pagan Holiday? 18
Chapter 5 When was Jesus Born? 22
Chapter 6 Timeline of Events Surrounding Christ's Birth 32
Chapter 7 Making the Christmas Sermon Relevent for Todays Culture 38
Confusion and Misconceptions 49
Chapter 8 Misconceptions Surrounding Christmas-An Introduction 50
Chapter 9 The X Stands for Christ 52
Chapter 10 We Three Kings 54
Chapter 11 Hark! The Herald Angels Said? 60
It's All Baby Jesus 65
Chapter 12 The Creator in a Manger 66
Chapter 13 Why Do We Need the Babe in Bethlehem? 70
Chapter 14 What is the Significance of the Name "Jesus"? 74
How Christmas Came to Be 79
Chapter 15 What Was the Christmas Star? 80
Chapter 16 The Virgin Birth 88
Chapter 17 Did Mary Remain a Virgin? 90
Chapter 18 Mary Did You Know? 100
Chapter 19 Uncovering the Real Nativity 104
The War on Christmas 119
Chapter 20 Genesis to Bethlehem: Why Creation is Important to Christmas 120
Chapter 21 Winter Time Worship: Santa Claus or Jesus? 124
Chapter 22 From Creation to Bethlehem 130
Chapter 23 Getting Rid of Christ 138
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Christmas has always been a huge holiday at our house. We start making our Christmas lists in late October and start saving for those perfect gifts to hand out on Christmas day. We decorate, go caroling, bake tons of food and visit with the homeless. As I said, Christmas is big in our home. So when I saw this book I immediately was a little intimidated. New Leaf Publishing is known for their straight forward, biblical gospel message no matter the topic at hand and I knew this book was not going to be the exception. Just take a look at the video below and you will get a small glimpse into what you can expect from Brodie: The War on Christmas is real and it is going on right now. From the bell ringers saying "Happy Holidays" and to every other "politically correct" statement you can make about Christmas, without actually wishing anybody a Merry Christmas or having any mention of Christ without coming across as offensive. It sickens me to see what Christmas has turned into and how few of people actually still stand up for the gospel during this holiday. I loved how this book delves into our traditions and how they started, the view of paganism surrounding this holiday and the reasons why Christmas has become so offensive to our country as a whole. More importantly though Brodie gives you suggestions on how you can defend Christians beliefs and values during the Christmas season. I used this book as part of our homeschool study with my kids. Reading a chapter a night and then discussing it as a family. The book has 23 chapters along with a introduction and conclusions. My kids really loved how they touched on who Santa Clause really was and what he has become today in popular culture.My ex-husbands family made the mistake of buying into the Santa phenomena and it came back to bite them in the butt. He is still a nonbeliever and partially due to that lie of a make believe Santa and now a make believe God. With our kids we told them the truth from the get go of who Saint Nicholas was and how the Santa Clause traditions got started, so when we reached this part in the book they were very pleased that they knew this already. This is a fabulous book to get geared up for the Christmas season and a great gift idea as well to help those not forget the real reason we celebrate this season. Want to purchase this phenomenal book: It is available for order now at Answers In Genesis, New Leaf Publishing, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. About the Author: Bodie Hodge has been a writer, speaker, and researcher for Answers in Genesis since 2003. He writes and speaks on a host of topics including The Fall of Satan and The Tower of Babel. He is passionate about providing biblical answers to believers, seekers, and non-believers. Disclosure: I was given an advance copy of The War on Christmas: Battles in Faith, Tradition and Religious Expression, edited by Bodie Hodge, for review purposes. There was no requirement for me to write a favorable review
I did not really like this book. In fairness though, I don’t think it was written for the serious scholar. This book is intended to drive home one single point; “No Christ, no Christmas.” In so doing this book is extremely repetitive, to the point of making it difficult to read through the 144 pages of text and illustrations. A variety of issues contained within the Christmas stable are addressed: Christmas star, Wise Men, and Christmas tree. The thread of the argument is that these things are not essential to Christ, but are part of the Christmas celebration. I was interested to see the unusual opinion that the Magi were most likely not believers, but rather astrologers who had seen signs and portents in the sky. The one serious bone I have to pick is the explanation of pagan religion’s development in Chapter 4. While the explanation is somewhat possible, it seems to me to be largely untenable. It is certainly true that some pagan religion is based on ancestor worship, but there is little evidence to indicate that such practice is the root of all pagan religion and practice. Helen of Troy is connected to Elishah, and regional syntax is given as the reason. The idea that all the personages of pagan religion are descended from the children and grandchildren of Noah is a little far-fetched. In conclusion, there is certainly a war of thought in play today. Christmas is part of that war. A good deal of this book seems to be well researched and its message is certainly laudable. However, I would be careful whom one recommends this book to. It functions as a decent overview of the salient issues. It does get preachy at times, and sometimes the claims are simply the stuff of fantasy. Even for that the core message is the same; No Christ, No Christmas. Disclaimer: This review was written as a member of the War on Christmas launch team.
I received an interesting "Seasonal" book for review~ "The War on Christmas," general editor Bodie Hodge, who has been a writer, speaker and researcher for Answers in Genesis since 2003. This book is collection of questions and answers regarding Christmas traditions, symbols, and stories. Because I often feel there really is a "War on Christmas" I was intrigued simply by the title. After all, it has become politically incorrect to wish people "Merry Christmas," and to talk about the joy of celebrating birth of the Savior, juxtaposed with federal funds being used to teach the Koran in state schools for "Extra credit." What sort of book is this? The five main categories are: What About Christmas? Confusion and Misconceptions It's All Baby Jesus How Christmas Came to Be The War on Christmas Bodie fashions discussions that cover many of the common controversies centered around Christmas, and Christmas traditions, including the Date of Christmas, Christmas Trees, and Pagan Roots(?). He also tackles a number of questions including: "Were there 3 Kings?" "What was the Star, anyway?" "Do angels really sing?" I found these discussions to be quite enlightening at times. Bodie is very logical and factual in his points both for and against certain ideas and concepts, and he backs them up with scientific and/or Biblical knowledge, depending on the discussion. I found the discussion about the Star to be quite fascinating~ just the sort of thing that sparks my curiosity. It all boils down to pointing a gracious hand towards the Creator and the Bible, and highlighting what has been revealed to mankind, and uncovering what mankind has come up with on its own. In short, a Christmas Apologetics book, worth taking down and digesting AFTER the hustle and bustle of the season, so as to be more prepared next year! "The War on Christmas" also speaks directly of the good news of salvation, which makes portions of it interesting evangelistic tools. While some of the more "cultural" aspects of Christmas are discussed as a "dilution" of the celebration of the magnificent birth of the Savior, Bodie is gracious in understanding that people will and do come to different conclusions in how they approach the "Trimmings" if you will, of the season. Disclaimer: I received this/these item(s)/service for free. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
The ambience of this book is absolutely amazing. It is laid out beautifully, and the pictures are absolutely gorgeous. The organization of the book is quite logical, and I believe that anything that the reader wished to know would be readily available. And the information is Biblical, conservative, and basically accurate. I learned a few things--especially in the first half of the book. Speaking of the first half of the book, that was my favorite portion. I was pleased to see a conservative Christian who encouraged Christians to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. This was also the portion where historical accuracies and inaccuracies were pointed out. Most of them I knew, but even I found a few surprises along the way. I only have one issue with the book. There were times I felt that the author was a little too dogmatic at times. I believe that the Bible is 100 percent inspired, and I believe it can be taken at its word. However, I know for a fact that God uses the natural order of things to bring about His purposes. I also believe that Christmas has become more than a Christian holiday, and I see no problem with celebrating other aspects of it. I'm not saying that the author has told Christians not to celebrate the other portions of the holiday, but I felt that it was stressed that our decor should reflect the real reason for the season. I honestly have no problem with the other fun parts of this holiday season, and we do not have manger scenes is every area where decorations are displayed. I do not recommend that anyone sit down and read this book in one sitting. It is a resource, and it should be used as such. It is well-written and scholarly, but it also is quite real. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a book to help them find the reality of the Christmas story. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
The Truth about Christmas Wow! This book hits the mark with all the commercialism of Christmas and trying to take it out of the public areas. "The War on Christmas" by Bodie Hodge dispells many of the myths surrounding Christmas and how the American culture has become almost anti-Christmas!! Learn why Christmas is so important to Bible beliving Christians. Hodge wrties "Why in America is Christ being taken out of Chritmas?...The real reason many in this culture want Christ out of Christmas is because they don't want to believe and obey the Word." As Christians we need to stand up for Christmas-one way we can do this is to read this book and then give it families and friends. And, remember to say "Merry Christmas!"
Bodie Hodge in his new book, “The War On Christmas” published by Master Books gives us Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression. From the back cover: Find the truth about Christmas and the Christian’s response to a culture that seems to be declaring war on the traditions and the Bible! Christmas–with its holiday lights, bright packages and nativity displays–has become a controversial frontline in the increasingly intolerant culture wars. Whether or not to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” how to refer to the tree and just how “Biblical” Christmas may actually be is debated online, during city council meetings and in courtrooms each year. Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school and festivities. Christmas should be a time of peace and love — not arguments over who can celebrate what or where or when. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? It has become ground zero in an ongoing culture war where Nativity scenes are mixed and even the word “Christmas” is considered offensive by some. Get the facts behind the history, relevance and Biblical connections of this beloved holiday: Is it a bunch of pagan symbols or traditions “Christianized” for the celebration? Why is a Christian concept of Christmas so important for those who don’t believe in Jesus? Most may say Christmas is about the birth of Jesus, but are we truly worshiping Him or just celebrating the earthly gifts we give ourselves? When we say Christmas we are really saying two words, “Christ” and “mas”. ”Mas” means celebration therefore Christmas means a Christ Celebration; we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior. If this is the time for celebration why is there so much controversy during this season and why does it seem to be getting worse? There is a war on Christmas and Christians need to know about this holiday and how to defend it. If we as Christians do not know what we are celebrating then how can we share this good news of Christ with others? Here are a few questions: How many Wise Men were there? 3 is not the correct answer. Were the Wise Men there at the same time with the shepherds? Was Jesus born in December? Is Christmas a pagan holiday? These questions and more are addressed and answered. The Wise Men gave Him gifts and worshiped. We seem to give our gifts and neglect the worship Him part. Now is the time to put the Christ Celebration back in this season. This book will help us do that. ”The War On Christmas” is an eye opener that will shock you as it tries to dispel the myths that have sprung up and brings us back to the Biblical foundation. I would think that you probably are going to read this book over and over again and then keep it handy to read again next year. I also think it will make a wonderful gift to give to friends and family so they can learn and celebrate as well. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Handlebar. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS Battles in Faith, Tradition, and Religious Expression Edited by Bodie Hodge Do you know the history behind Christmas traditions? Why we are not to wish a Merry Christmas but instead say Happy Holidays? This book edited by Bodie Hodge is a collection of stories from different writers about why the world is trying to take Christ out of Christmas. The book offers histories on Christmas traditions that we have grown up celebrating and the true reason why we celebrate Christmas. I found the book very interesting reading and informative. The book offers an in-depth study of the Biblical Christmas story. Some things we celebrate and believe have changed over the years as we have heard stories from books, movies and songs. This book is well-written and easy to read and will give you a better understanding of Christmas and why we need to remember the true reason of the season. Master Books publish the book and I received my copy free from Handlebar Marketing for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
"The War on Christmas" by Bodie Hodge presents the issues confronting Christmas in today's world. Christmas is under attack! "When the Bible is left out, God is left out. So man, by default, becomes that authority." Man elevates himself to a position of authority above God, and demands the removal of God and His Word from every area of life. "We now see conflicts covering Christmas. There is a war on Christmas. We must defend Christmas if we are to celebrate it. Christians must know what they celebrate at Christmas. What is the real reason for Christmas? Are we really celebrating the birth of Christ? The true gift of Christmas is Christ. Do we understand who Jesus is and what He did?" We must celebrate Christmas in our hearts. The child in the manger is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God has come to live in our world. 'Christ-mas' means 'Christ Celebration'. "When God brought His Son into the world, all the angels worshipped Him" - (Hebrews 1:6). The angels celebrated his birth like no other in history. Christmas is about Jesus Christ. It is His birthday. As Christians, we must celebrate Christ's birth in our hearts all the time. Jesus is God's only Son. God sent Him to earth to save us. Our faith is based on the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is the embodiment of God. The Trinity is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Christianity is about a Person and a relationship. It is about our relationship with God, who sent His Son to earth to identify with us. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, it is the start of a new relationship with God. We are transformed into His likeness. "God has set eternity in the human heart" - (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Jesus Christ is God's greatest gift to man. At Christmas, God blessed the world with Christ's love. "We because He first loved us" - (1 John 4:19). "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life" - (John 3:16). God is our Father. We are His children. When we receive Jesus into our hearts, we become children of God. Christ is God's gift to us at Christmas. After a supernatural conception by the Holy Spirit, Jesus was carried in Mary's womb and born as a helpless, vulnerable, newborn baby. God personally supervised every single detail of His birth, so He was never at risk. “God created perfect seed for the conception that took place in Mary’s womb, thus producing a perfect man of flesh and blood untainted by sin.” God sent Jesus into the world in a most humble way. His lowly birth was a personal reflection of God's selfless character and tender, compassionate heart. Jesus was the most humble Person who lived on earth even though He is God. He humbled Himself for our sakes. Christ convicts the human heart. He did not stay in the cradle. He pressed on to conquer. © Miriam Jacob
About the Book: Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school, decorating the tree, and more, Christmas is a time of peace and love. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? It has become ground zero in an ongoing culture war where Nativity scenes are mixed, Merry Christmas becomes Happy Holidays, and even the word "Christmas" is considered by some as offensive. Find the truth about Christmas and the Christian's response to a culture that seems to be declaring war. About the Author: Bodie Hodge has been a writer, speaker, and researcher for Answers in Genesis since 2003. He writes and speaks on a host of topics including The Fall of Satan and The Tower of Babel. He is passionate about providing biblical answers to believers, seekers, and non-believers. My Review: Not long after the birth of our precious Savior, the sinful nature of humankind started to turn back to its nature and with each passing year has forgotten the true reason we celebrate this blessed holiday. The world of commercialism tends to take over in the hearts of many when it comes down to Christmas and all that entails. The author points out several different reasons why everyone is against remembering Jesus in the midst of all the hustle and bustle that we allow Christmas to create. We have taken something very Biblical and put a human spin on it. While our Lord sits back and I'm sure He is saddened by what he sees in the hearts of all of us and in the hearts of our homes. He gave us a unique gift that we will never ever be able to repay and we honor that gift by allowing things in our hearts that take away from its significance. Bodie Hodge has taken several different myths and ideas and researched them to help us all understand the things that we should accept and those things that truly bring honor to God. Some of these are traditions that should not be done away with unless we really feel it takes away from honoring Him. He says that bring honor and glory to Jesus should be done every day but for those of us that don't do it every day, bringing Him that honor and glory should be first on our list this holiday season. I also learned from reading the book that even if alot of people out there refuse to say Merry Christmas because for whatever reason they want to remove Christ's name. And in fact decide to use Happy Holidays are really not removing Him like they think because the word holidays actually mean Holy Days. I really thought that, that was a really neat fact. So this holiday don't forget that Jesus is the reason we even have a Christmas to celebrate! **Disclosure** This book was provided to me free of charge for my honest review as part of The War on Christmas Insider Team.