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The politics of Christmas

By Mike Ion  

Is it time for us to rediscover the political dimensions of the nativity story?

The single most important fact about the birth of Jesus, as recounted in the Gospels, is one that receives almost no emphasis at Christmas: the child who was born in Bethlehem represented a drastic political challenge to the imperial power of Rome.

In modern times, religion and politics are too often seen as occupying separate spheres. Yet the nativity story of the gospels paints Rome as the enemy of God and makes…

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