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The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ
by Timothy Keller
Review by Teri Hyrkas
It seems to be true that the best place to hide something is out in the open, in a very public venue. This is the case with Christmas, says Timothy Keller in Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ (Viking 2016). In the introduction to his book, Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, NY, states that Christmas “is the only Christian holy day that is also a major secular holiday — arguably our culture’s biggest.” The public/secular celebration of Christmas shares many of the same ideas related to the Christian holy day, says Keller, such as light in the darkness, giving gifts to those in need, and trusting in a better future. The author writes, “These are powerful themes, but every one of them is a two edged sword… Every year our increasingly secular Western society becomes more unaware of its own historical roots….Yet once a year at Christmas these basic truths become a bit more accessible to an enormous audience.”
How can the hidden meaning of Christmas be made more discernable to an uninformed public? In his book Keller makes use of the numerous signs of the season, especially light, music, and the Nativity story, to reveal the message of Christmas. Keller also says: “We will look at passages of the Bible that are famous because they are dusted off every Christmas, at the one moment every year when the secular society and the Church are, to a degree, thinking about the same thing.” read more…