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X2K: aut Christus aut nihil

"Put Christ back in Xmas" was the slogan of a popular campaign to cloak America's prime commercial holiday with Christian decency. Its promoters meant well, of course, even though the offending "X" was nothing other than the Greek letter chi, the first letter of Christos, and a common symbol both for Christ and the cross.

Considering the condition of our seminaries, Christian ministers can scarcely be blamed for their ignorance of Greek and theology, but some pastors might do well to focus a little less on politics and social issues and a little more on putting the "X" back into the lives of their flocks. We heard a great deal in 1999 about the looming menace of Y2K and Bill Clinton's planned declaration of martial law. Right-wing groups were hawking generators, water purifiers, and emergency bags of gold coins.

It is not that some concern over tire collapse of the world's information system is not justified or that there is anything wrong in making a buck off human gullibility—that is the American way since Simon Suggs turned from poker to religion and repented well enough to make off with the camp meeting's receipts. Suggs was walking in the footsteps of his namesake Simon Magus, who, after teaming up with a prostitute, went into the miracles trade. Magus's act was called "the Power of God Called Great" and his "First Holy Idea."...

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