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  • Celebrating New Year’s with The Twilight Zone

    Celebrating New Year’s with The Twilight Zone0

    For those of us who love vintage television shows, New Year’s means The Twilight Zone Marathon, a tradition of over 30 years’ standing which airs on the cable Syfy Channel. A classic fantasy/science fiction TV series created by Rod Serling (who also authored many of the scripts), The Twilight Zone is an enduring piece of

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  • The Original ‘War on Christmas’ Was Waged by the Puritans

    The Original ‘War on Christmas’ Was Waged by the Puritans0

    Much ink is spilled every December over the “War on Christmas”—a perceived assault, led by secular folk, on the public acknowledgment of the holiday. But in fact, public-spirited “warfare” against Christmas goes back a long way in our history, and it was carried out by very religious people. The New England Puritans’ hostility to the

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  • Intolerance and Persecution Are Often Rational (Frighteningly So)

    Intolerance and Persecution Are Often Rational (Frighteningly So)0

    At this time of year our thoughts naturally turn to the Pilgrim Fathers—those who came to the New World in order to escape religious persecution at home. Yet rarely do we stop to consider the logic of the persecutors.  That last phrase seems to ring a false note; it’s commonly assumed that religious persecution has

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  • Is Halloween a Christian Holiday?

    Is Halloween a Christian Holiday?0

    Conventional wisdom holds that Halloween is essentially a secular and pagan holiday, the result of the Christian Church appropriating an ancient Celtic harvest festival. But one strain of critical opinion tends to the view that the holiday was thoroughly Christian from the start. In the church calendar, Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve) is the beginning of

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