Christmas – The Feast Day for Atheists

John Paul II wrote that ‘Christmas is the feast day of man.’

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins

There is a young atheist who is following my blog; I’ve been to his blog a few times, and read some interesting comments by him and his readers about why they don’t believe in god/s. The contributors are very intelligent, and the blogger is very encouraging to his peers, as they articulate their beliefs.

Well, they have all been wishing each other ‘Merry Christmas’, which at first, seemed out of place. Christmas is obviously the Christian feast par excellence. Its message is so accessible to people of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds, including, it would seem, to atheists.

I was tempted to suggest that it was time for the atheists to make a stand and boycott Christmas. They could ‘fast’ from celebrating the day with their families, and ‘abstain’ from buying and receiving presents. I was going to suggest that they make a sacrifice in the name of their beliefs, as Christians have to do in some way, every day of their lives. For the atheist, Christmas could become a joyful day of rejecting Christianity.

But, reading John Paul put an end to that.

One of the billions of human beings who have been born and will be born on earth…
And at the same time, one, unique and irrepeatable.
If we celebrate the birth of Jesus so solemnly, we do it so as to testify that every human is someone, unique and irrepeatable…

Through Him and through His eyes, man is always unique and irrepeatable; someone eternally thought and eternally preselected; someone called and denominated with his own name…

This is for you, Larry – I am glad you enjoy Christmas. I hope you appreciate it and celebrate it every year, if not every day. And I hope that one day you know that the happiness you feel comes from the God you don’t believe in.

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6 thoughts on “Christmas – The Feast Day for Atheists

  1. Hi, great to read this post genericmum. Love that photo of Dawkins. I think I’ll stick to celebrating Christmas once a year though; once a day might be too much! I love the quote “I hope that one day you know that the happiness you feel comes from the God you don’t believe in” because that will be a great sentence that lots of religious people will like. Btw, why did you think I was young – does it communicate that way in my style of writing? 😀

    Larry

    • You sound young and fresh and optimistic – perhaps you are old and fresh and optimistic?
      Yes, religious people may like the sentiment, but, you have to remember that we actually care about your soul.
      (There was another great photo of Richard Dawkins wearing a Santa hat printed with the words’ “Happy Nothing” – I think that one was photo-shopped.)

  2. Setting aside doctrines, dogmas and denominations, this statement is at once both spiritual and secular. Though it invokes Jesus and faith, the sentiment is profoundly humanist. Though I might word it differently, it expresses a realization of our vast uniqueness that is bigger and deeper than any one church or tradition, something to be celebrated by all.

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