What people believe really does guide what they do—especially in the Islamic world. Dr. Timothy Furnish (www.OccidentalJihadist.com), an expert on Muslim eschatology, explains the differences between Sunnis and Shias, and why their views on the end times make Sunni Muslims the bigger threat.
In our final segment, historian Dr. Judd Burton explains why Christians can celebrate Christmas with no guilt or fear of accidentally worshiping a pagan god.
For in-depth reading on celebrating Christmas as a Christian:
- “Merry Non-Pagan Christmas!“
- “How December 25 Became Christmas” by Andrew McGowan, Dean and President of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, Bible History Daily.
- “Calculating Christmas: The Story Behind December 25” by William J. Tighe, originally published in the December 2003 issue of Touchstone.
- “Was Jesus Just a Copycat Savior Myth?,” The Christian Think Tank.
- “Have Yourself a Very Pagan Christmas (Not)” by Dr. Glenn Peoples, Right Reason.
- “On Nimrod and Christmas Trees (Part 1),” posted at As Bereans Did.
- “The Plain Truth About December 25,” posted at As Bereans Did.
- “The Two Babylons” by Ralph Woodrow, his article for the Christian Research Institute explaining why he withdrew his book Babylon Mystery Religion, based on The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop, from publication.
The wonderful Christmas music in this week’s show is by Vssls of Mercy: www.soundcloud.com/emptytomb777
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