maggiekb at December 19th, 2013 19:39 — #1
medievalist at December 19th, 2013 19:50 — #2
...and let's not forget the reason for the season!
DEUS SOL INVICTUS, all hail the unconquerable sun!
That Χριστος fellow was born in the summertime or late fall.
codinghorror at December 19th, 2013 19:55 — #3
Well at least we know who put the X in Sex.
Man that "no face paint" phase of theirs still freaks me out a bit.
jardine at December 19th, 2013 20:01 — #4
What I'd like to know is who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?
agonist at December 19th, 2013 20:22 — #5
If you notice Jesus' hand in some paintings, he's flashing a sign that is his name in Greek.
You can see an example here:
mujokan at December 19th, 2013 20:25 — #6
Educated Christians should already know about this sort of stuff, like the chi-rho Christogram, one would have thought? Anyway, no big deal.
agonist at December 19th, 2013 20:41 — #7
Christians are just ordinary folk. Not everyone knows everything.
fuzzyfungus at December 19th, 2013 20:44 — #8
The thing that tends to inspire a certain...visceral distaste... for christians ignorant of this particular bit of trivia is the (nontrival, and really loud) segment of christians who don't know about it and freak out about the atheist, liberal, secular, plot to 'take the Christ out of Christmas!!!!' or 'Censor Jeus!!!' by using "Xmas" as an abbreviation.
fuzzyfungus at December 19th, 2013 20:46 — #9
Jesus had better hope that Megyn Kelly is right about him being a white guy; because he is clearly flashing a gang sign in that icon. If she isn't, it's a tasing and overworked-public-defender-fun-time...
catsidhe at December 19th, 2013 20:49 — #10
Thus the Chi-Rho page in the Book of Kells.
agonist at December 19th, 2013 21:19 — #11
The loudest Christians are the ones with the least to say that's worth hearing.
myopichumanist at December 19th, 2013 21:59 — #12
The loudest anyones are not worth listening to unless they're singing.
unclemike at December 19th, 2013 22:12 — #13
Looks more like "The Shocker."
artor at December 19th, 2013 22:13 — #14
No, but often these same Xians are professing to know how other people should live their lives, and claiming that Xianity is the only way to be a good person...while displaying gross ignorance of the same Xianity they are trying to force on others. I've found that I often know more about Xianity, it's history, and what's in the Bible than the Bible-thumpers I come across.
mthead at December 19th, 2013 22:14 — #15
And sometimes not even then. You ever do karaoke?
websta at December 19th, 2013 22:18 — #16
Agree with most of the comments above, and would only add that the use of "X" instead of writing out "Christ" wasn't merely for convenience, but rather to avoid using "His name in vain," and thus to keep it sacred/holy/etc.
ohbejoyful at December 19th, 2013 23:31 — #17
ohbejoyful at December 19th, 2013 23:32 — #18
That doesn't sound right. Do you have a cite for that?
william_holz at December 20th, 2013 00:03 — #19
I was hoping it was aliens.
gabe_oakes at December 20th, 2013 03:31 — #20
I'd heard it was, in part to avoid persecution from the romans- use a code and such.
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