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Ideas #213 – Why Christmas Still Matters

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There are many mythologies that count the story of a god who had to go through great trials to reach his place in the pantheon of the great deities that populate our imagination and are at the heart of the most ancient religions.

One of these myths, however, seems to have reached another dimension, when narrating the story of a God – with D capital – that more than face a difficulty using their superpowers, chose to mix with its creatures and come into the world as a child. And when I talk about myth, listener, understand that I’m not saying this story is a lie. None other than JRR Tolkien defended that Christianity is, par excellence, the myth that became true.

It so happens that even for those who do not believe in Christ, Christmas – the party that celebrates his birth – is a reality. And the consequences of believing in this boy God are even harder to ignore. In the words of British historian Tom Holland, we “swim in Christian waters”.

The latest Ideas podcast 2021 will try to convince or remind the listener why Christmas still matters. Participating in this conversation with journalist Maria Clara Vieira are Carlos Caldas, professor of the postgraduate program in Religious Science at PUC Minas, and Diego Klautau, Doctor of Religious Science, professor at the FEI University Center and at Colégio Catamarã.

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