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"The nice road to Santa and the difficult path to Christ

Read more: http://life.nationalpost.com/2010/12/23/...z18yJfqO6G

December 23, 2010 – 11:54 am

By Patricia Paddey
It’s official: there are more Americans (38%) who teach their children to believe in Santa Claus than there are those (28%) who tell the biblical story of the birth of Christ at this time of year. For those of us who delight in the real meaning of Christmas, it’s a dismal statistic, especially when considered in the larger context that nine in every 10 Americans celebrate the holy day.

As academic and philosopher Dallas Willard, of the University of Southern Calfironia, has observed of his culture, “We’re in a context where we have millions and millions of people who are professing Christians that do not believe what they profess, because they’ve been taught the important thing is to profess it whether you believe it or not, and God would like that. But it doesn’t seize their lives.”

Clearly. For now it seems the “professing” part is also losing ground."