And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. – Luke 2:7
Pope Benedict XVI has written a new book where he looks at the early life of Jesus. You can read about it and see a promo video here. It’s likely to disappoint or anger some Christians, because he debunks several myths about what happened on Christmas morning.
According to the pope’s new book, we’re celebrating Christmas on the wrong date thanks to a 6th century monk’s miscalculation. Also, there is no evidence that animals were actually present for Jesus’ birth, or that the angels actually sang. He has a point about the angels and the animals – the Gospels don’t mention these things.
Benedict does not have a vendetta against Christmas carols and nativity scenes, and I certainly have no intention of removing the animals from our nativity set or banning certain carols from our worship services.
Still, how important is it that we get the story right, down to the very details?