Is Christmas Anti-Intellectual?

In our modern secular culture, the Christmas season seems to be a prime venue for attacking all that is sacred.  Everything from the deity of Christ to His virgin birth is under assault.  Al Mohler’s latest article defends biblical Christianity against the assertion that belief in the Virgin Birth somehow makes believers less intellectual.  J. Gresham Machen had something to say about this years ago:

Faith is indeed intellectual; it involves an apprehension of certain things as facts; and vain is the modern effort to divorce faith from knowledge. But although faith is intellectual, it is not only intellectual. You cannot have faith without having knowledge; but you will not have faith if you have only knowledge.

There is truly nothing new under the sun, for Mohler is echoing much of what Machen was writing about almost a century ago.  Do you have to believe in the Virgin Birth in order to be a Christian?  Mohler correctly answers that question in the affirmative.  Yet too often, especially within Evangelicalism, there’s a minimalist definition of Christianity which leaves the door wide open.  Pretty soon they won’t have anything else left to articulate and defend.

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One Response to Is Christmas Anti-Intellectual?

  1. Jeff says:

    “Je voy maintenant du peuple plus qu’il n’y a accoustumé d’avoir au sermon. Et pourquoy? C’est le jour de Noel. Et qui vous l’a dict? Il le semble aux pauvres bestes, car voila le tiltre de tous ceulx qui sont venuz aujourdhuy au sermon pour l’honeur de la feste… Mais si vous pensez que Jesus Christ soit né aujourdhuy, vous este des bestes, voire des bestes enragees”

    I see more people than usual at sermon today. And why? It’ s Christmas day. And who told you? It seems so to poor beasts. There’ s the fitting label for all who came to sermon today in honor of the feast… But if you think that Jesus Christ was born today, you are beasts, indeed, rabid beasts.

    Supplementa Calviniana, volume 5, sermons on Micah, p. 172,

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