The Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday that the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men was nothing but a ‘legend’.
Dr Rowan Williams has claimed there was little evidence that the Magi even existed and there was certainly nothing to prove there were three of them or that they were kings.
He said the only reference to the wise men from the East was in Matthew’s gospel and the details were very vague.
The Archbishop went on to dispel other details of the Christmas story, adding that there were probably no asses or oxen in the stable.
He argued that Christmas cards which showed the Virgin Mary cradling the baby Jesus, flanked by shepherds and wise men, were misleading. As for the scenes that depicted snow falling in Bethlehem, the Archbishop said the chance of this was “very unlikely”.
First they tell me that Santa Claus isn’t real and now this? What am I gonna hear next? That Rudolph the Reindeer was ‘nothing but a legend’? That there is ‘nothing to prove’ that Jesus was born Bethlehem? That there is ‘little evidence’ of a star appearing in the sky uniquely on that day? That the details about choirs of angels singing praises to God on high were ‘very vague’? That such as thing as a virgin birth is ‘very unlikely’?
My friends, as the world becomes more secular and liberal and evil and rational you will hear all these things and more. I urge you to guard yourself against terrible men like this Archbishop of Canterbury preaching seductive non-fundamentalist doctrines like these.