A Tender, Unitarian Christmas

A Tender, Unitarian Christmas
And man, at war with man, hears not\r\nThe love-song which they bring; —\r\nOh hush the noise, ye men of strife,\r\nAnd hear the angels sing!\r\nThe Christian era has been a mere "two thousand years of\r\nwrong?" Wliat, then, is the purpose of Christmas? It is our opportimity\r\nto "hear the angels sing." Wliat do they sing? "Peace\r\non the earth, goodwill to men from heav'n's all-gracious King."\r\nThe final verse reflects the Unitarians' intense postmilleunial\r\nUtopian vision for America:\r\nFor lo! the days are hastening on\r\nBy prophet bards foretold.\r\nWhen with the ever circling years\r\nComes round the age of gold;\r\nWhen Peace shall over all the earth\r\nIts ancient splendors fling,\r\nAnd the whole world give back the song\r\nWliich now the angels sing.\r\nIf the deluge of worldwide bloodshed during the "Christian\r\ncentury" did not drown the manifest-destiny, Unitarian dreams\r\nof the unfolding "age of gold" in America, surely the World\r\nTrade Center bombing of September 11 did. Yet the gospel of\r\nAmerican Unitarian Christianity and its Christmas remain the\r\nsame. Figgy pudding in hand, Christmas is still a time of proclaiming\r\nsaccharin peace and goodwill—not because of the\r\nbirth of the Incarnate Son of Cod, who Himself "fs our peace,"\r\nby virtue of the stripes He received at the hands of Roman soldiers.\r\nJust "peace and goodwill"—a mantra for postmodern, deracinated\r\nAmerica.\r\nWhen we celebrate the coming\r\nof Christ-the-mere-moralexample,\r\nwe...

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