The Eye of Sauron from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings

Pagans, a Pope and the Fall of Sauron

Or How We Got New Years’ Day

Some atheists, Muslims and Christian fundamentalists like to grumble and gibe that the celebration of Christmas and Easter are “pagan.” They are right and they are wrong. They are right inasmuch as the wellsprings of our Western culture are deep in the pre-Christian cultures of Europe. They are wrong because the early Christians, like the Hebrews before them, saw their…