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Why Christianity insists on holidays like Christmas....

[R]eligion always insists on special days like Christmas, while philosophy always tends to despise them. Religion is interested not in whether a man is happy, but whether he is still alive, whether he can still react in a normal way to new things, whether he blinks in a blinding light or laughs when he is tickled. That is the best of Christmas, that it is a startling and disturbing happiness; it is an uncomfortable comfort. The Christmas customs destroy the human habits.  And while customs are generally unselfish, habits are nearly always selfish. The object of the religious festival is, as I have said, to find out if a man is still alive.  A man can smile when...

Why Christianity insists on holidays like Christmas.
posted on: Dec 1, 2011 | author: Alan Burrow