Calculating Christmas

With Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the latest ecclesiastic publicly to espouse the “Christmas is in December because of the pagan winter solstice celebrations”, it is perhaps salutary to revisit the likelier (that is to say, with some evidence other than mere conjecture based on coincidence) reason for the dating of the feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in Dr William Tighe’s essay, “Calculating Christmas“.

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