Christmas for atheists: is there joy?
I am frustrated that things have been a little quiet on this blog the past couple of months. I have plenty of things to share and to think about, but I’ll have to save that up until the new year. I’m also going to share some thoughts about a debate I was a part of in November (preparing for that was another reason for the relative lack of activity on this blog).
In the meantime I did want to wish the readers of this blog a Happy Christmas.
I look forward to even more discussion and engagement on this blog next year. I do appreciate all the comments and responses (and I do mean to respond to them all in time).
Joy to the World?
Anyway, as I was just finishing off my Christmas shopping this morning I heard the song ‘Joy to the World’ being played in one of the shops. It struck me as somewhat odd that a non-religious shop would be playing a song about the joy that the coming of Jesus brings.
The Christian certainly has reason to celebrate (or commemorate) joy at Christmas. This is because despite our personal circumstances, failures or situation, a savior has been born. One to bring hope, forgiveness and a fresh start. The joy associated with the coming of this savior moved Isaac Watts to write one of the most popular hymns of Christmas – Joy to the World.
What about atheists?
So I was wondering, what do atheists have to celebrate at Christmas? Do atheists even celebrate Christmas?
I appreciate that there are other things to be thankful for and be joyful for apart from the coming of a savior. But what if the circumstances of my life are not positive, then what is there to celebrate? If life has been tough or painful, can there be joy? In what way?
I’m not suggesting that atheists can’t have joy at Christmas, but I’m interested to see what there is to celebrate. I’d be keen to hear some thoughts from atheists who celebrate or don’t celebrate Christmas. Is there joy?
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