Let There Be Light

Although it is a matter of some dispute why Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25, it surely has something to do with the pagan celebration of the Unconquerable Sun—a festival started by the emperor Aurelian in 274 to honor the Syrian sun god. We know that by the early fourth century...

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About the Author

Lawrence Cunningham is John O'Brien professor of Theology (Emeritus) at the University of Notre Dame.