Summary: Meacham continues his comparison with Augustus but notes that there are no other stories in history/mythology that completely parallel the Annuciation. He goes on to say that Luke and Matthew would resonate with the people of the times because of the familiar stories, and that there were many factions within Christianity at the time. He starts to discuss the heresy of gnosticism and their beliefs. He closes stating that Christians have to know and address these “mysteries” and that Christianity is worth while despite them.
Not much here to rebut. This is his closing to a sea of error. One quick note– that AiG article I posted yesterday states that there was indeed a census– Meacham’s point about not being able to have a “global” census is skewed since “global” meant the known world.
What have we learned? That this was not a fair or balanced attempt to research the Christmas story. You noticed how the only one in favor of the story was listed at the beginning saying that we believe it no matter what– painted to look ignorant. Throughout the article we have countless quotes and suppositions from the Jesus Seminar, etc. that attack the very validity of the historical account.
Should Christians get in this battle? Does everything boil down to “if Christ is God– the Bible must be true.” It may be a true statement; however, Peter also says that we should be ready and able to defend the faith– to have an answer to that asked of us. In a day where error can be spread online as fact, it’s up to Christians to defend the faith.