Jesus of NazarethHis birthday is celebrated throughout the world this month. Though he lived on earth only 33 years, today's date is measured from when he was born. Though he lived in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire nearly 2,000 years ago, more than one billion people today call themselves his followers. Though he never wrote a book, tens of thousands of books have been written about his life and his teachings. His name is Jesus, and he has had a more salutary influence on human history than any person who ever lived.

The temptation of ChristAccording to The Sun, Russia has experienced a series of murders, rapes, mutilations, and desecrations linked to Satanists.  No, I did not say Stalinists, although, given how communists will persecute Christians, one could be forgiven for confusing the two.  And a most horrific example of such ritualistic murder has just taken place in the nation's hinterlands, as a ring of Satanists has just killed and cannibalized four teens, three girls, and a boy.  Writes The Sun:

ChristmasThe great theme of Christmas is an ancient one; it lies, indeed, at the root of our years, for it brought a before and after to the centuries.

PrayerReligion, said Bertrand Russell, is “a disease born of fear and a source of untold misery to the human race.” Russell’s opinion has gained wide currency as the perception that Western Civilization is passing into a post-Christian phase gains hold. For the secular mind, this change to a post-Christian world can’t happen too soon. Religion to the secularist is a barbaric superstition, and a dangerous one, that tends to drive its most fervent adherents to violent acts. Proof of this, for those who hold this view, is found in the terrorist attacks perpetrated by zealots, like Osama bin Laden and others, who use religion to justify their murderous acts.

thomas KinkadeIt is easy to see why the enchanting paintings of Thomas Kinkade have captivated millions of admirers worldwide. On his canvases, alluring scenes — of idyllic cottages and cabins, romantic Victorian mansions and lighthouses, and chapels in sylvan groves — come alive, offering windows into worlds of serenity and splendor. Because his paintings glow with the light of candles, lamps, and fireplaces, as well as the sun and moon, Kinkade is known as “The Painter of Light.”