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旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 WINTER SOLSTICE READING -a short electronic catalog- from American Atheist Press P O Box 140195 Austin, TX 78714-0195 팠袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴袴孤 읕컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴켸 *******THE U.F.O. OF BETHLEHEM******* BY FRANK R. ZINDLER Each time Christmas rolls around, newspapers carry articles purporting to be factual discussions of the Star of Bethlehem, quoting astronomers and religious writers. How reliable are such proofs of the story of Jesus' miraculous birth? Not very reliable at all, explains Frank Zindler in this short essay. A science writer and New Testament scholar, he ably demonstrates that the story of the three Magi and the Star of Bethlehem is not only scientifically impossible, it is biblically implausible. Stapled. 14 pages. $3.00. Stock #5568. ******A CHRISTMAS SERMON AND THE CONTROVERSY IT AROUSED****** BY ROBERT G. INGERSOLL On December 19, 1891, Robert G. Ingersoll's "Christmas Sermon" was printed in the _Evening Telegram_ newspaper. It was immediately answered by the Rev. Dr. J. M. Buckley, editor of the _Christian Advocate,_ the recognized organ of the Methodist church, under the title "Lies That Are Mountainous" in that journal. He, in his reply, suggested that a newspaper which published the words of Ingersoll should not be allowed in the homes of Christians or of Jews -- thus calling for a boycott of the paper. The _Telegram_ promptly accepted the issue raised by Dr. Buckley and dared him to do his utmost. This set off a fight that was heard around the world. This forty-seven page booklet has all of Ingersoll's replies in the feud. One can only chuckle as Ingersoll mows down Buckley's positions. Stapled. 47 pages. $4.00. Stock #5148. ******OUR PAGAN CHRISTMAS****** BY R. J. CONDON * What religion celebrated December 25 -- even before Jesus was supposed to have been born? * Where did the Christians get the "born of a virgin" idea? * Were "the three kings" the real stars of the story? * What other "holy families" celebrate important anniversaries during the last month of the year? * Why are trees a traditional part of December celebrations? * Why are certain foods -- like the Christmas goose -- included in the "Christmas cheer"? _Our Pagan Christmas_ explains all of the above (and more) in clear, succinct paragraphs that should start readers on their way to understanding the _real_ meaning of Christmas. This twenty-page booklet can be read quickly on Christmas (or Solstice) Eve -- but the effects may last a lifetime. Includes bibliography. Stapled. 20 pages. $1.50. Stock #5064. ******************HOW TO ORDER******************* Please add $2.50 postage and handling on all orders under $10. For orders between $10 and $20, please add $3.00 postage and handling. For orders over $20 please add 15 percent of order. VISA and MasterCard accepted. Texas resident please add applicable sales tax. Order from: American Atheist Press, P O Box 140195, Austin, TX 78714-0195. Telephone and FAX orders (512) 467-9525. BBS: (512) 302-0223.

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