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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Newtonmas

Isaac Newton  (Portrait by Godfrey Kneller)
The great physicist, Isaac Newton, was born on December 25th.  That’s reason enough for some to celebrate this day as “Newtonmas.”

Newtonmas is portrayed as the scientific counterpart of Christmas.  “Publicized by Skeptics Society founder Michael Shermer,” Newtonmas features the exchange of “science books and humanist tracts.”  The fact that Newton himself believed in God is overlooked during such festivities.

According to Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion at Boston University, those who lean in secular directions need not shun Santa altogether.  He said, “It [Christmas] isn’t just a Christian holiday anymore.  It’s a lot of other things.”

According to American Atheists, these “other things” include being “good for goodness sake.”  In other words, you don’t have to be religious in order to spread some Christmas cheer.

CNN offers this quote from atheist Hemant Mehta:  Christians don’t own December… it makes sense to take a couple of weeks off at the end of the year… this is a nice way to just relax and spend time with your family.


Copyright December 19, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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