Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Sermon by Robert Ingersoll (1891)

The good part of Christmas is not always Christian – it is generally Pagan; that is to say, human, natural.
            Long before Christ was born the Sun-God triumphed over the powers of Darkness.  About the time that we call Christmas the days begins perceptibly to lengthen.  Our barbarian ancestors were worshippers of the sun, and they celebrated his victory over the hosts of night.  Such a festival was natural and beautiful.  The most natural of all religions is the worship of the sun.  Christianity adopted this festival.  It borrowed from the Pagans the best it has.
            I believe in Christmas and in every day that has been set apart for joy.  We in America have too much work and not enough play.  We are too much like the English.
            I believe it was Heinrich Heine who said that he thought a blaspheming Frenchman was a more pleasing object to God than a praying Englishman.  We take our joys too sadly.  I am in favor of all the good free days – the more the better.
            Christmas is a good day to forgive and forget – a good day to throw away prejudices and hatreds – a good day to fill your heart and your house, and the hearts and houses of others, with sunshine.

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