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The Apologetics of Christmas (pt. 2)

Thursday, December 22, 2011 1:04 AM Comments (5)

Joseph and Mary had to stay in a stable, right? Was it uncommon for some people to sleep in the stable of an inn during busy times? 

What was the Star of Bethlehem? A conjunction of planets, meteor, comet, supernatural event? What does the Church or Church Fathers say about it? 

What is significant about gold, frankincense, and myrrh? 

How did the birth of Jesus come to be celebrated on December 25? 

Why do Eastern Orthodox churches celebrate Christmas on January 7?

What light does the Ark of the Covenant shed on Mary’s perpetual virginity, and what evidence do we have for her perpetual virginity?

These are among the questions we explore in this week’s episode of the Jimmy Akin Podcast!

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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 026 (11/21/11) 


* Special “Apologetics of Christmas” Interview with Jason Ward of www.CatholicDadsOnline.org (pt. 2)


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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."