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Reform Magazine | June 26, 2022

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December 2013/January 2014

A good question: What is Christmas for?

22/12/2013 |

Each month we ask one question, and get four answers. This month: What’s the point of Christmas?



This article featured in the December 2013/January 2014 edition of Reform.

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Gift Ideas: A Guide to Giving

29/11/2013 |

We all know the theory: Good will to all people, a time for giving, “ye who now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing”. But how easy it is to emerge into the New Year from the hubbub of … Read More

Caroline Fiennes interview: How to give well

21/11/2013 |

The charities adviser Caroline Fiennes talks to Stephen Tomkins about how our giving can achieve more

It’s for charity,” they say, whether it’s a fun run for heart disease, a cake sale for women in Bhutan or shaving for donkeys. … Read More

Niall Cooper: What if God was one of us?

21/11/2013 |

Is it time one of our most beloved and iconic Advent/Christmas traditions – the Nativity scene – had a makeover? Beyond the schmaltz, faux crib, stable and animals, can we really face the fact that God’s was born into a … Read More

Oh, Come On, All Ye Faithful

21/11/2013 |

The tunes and the candlelight may be a treat of the season, but do we have to 
sing such nonsense? Symon Hill shreds the carol sheet

December is the only month of the year in which you can hear the … Read More

Simon Jenkins: Do animals go to heaven?

21/11/2013 |

Do animals go to heaven? Will there be mewing and woofing on the streets of the New Jerusalem? Are dogs not just for Christmas, nor life, but for eternity? Theologians have only occasionally bothered their planet-sized brains about this weighty … Read More