Halloween: a Distinctively Christian Holiday

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I have an essay on the Christian roots of Halloween over at Reformation 21. Read it at your own peril.

Death and darkness dominate America’s Halloween celebrations. Children dress as ghosts and ghouls, and October is the season for horror films. Many Americans, both Christian and non-Christian, think that this fascination with the macabre must be anti-Christian, but actually Halloween is a Christian holiday. I’m not saying that it’s a holiday that every Christian must enjoy and participate in, but I am saying that its celebration is rooted in Christian tradition.

You can read the rest here.