So I just read Judah's post about Dauermann's post about Christmas... But before I give you my thoughts I think I should tell you that at this moment I'm sitting outside of a Starbucks and the speakers are playing Neil Diamond's cover of the Hallelujah Chorus--HA!
But back to the issue at hand...
Dauermann is dead wrong about Christmas.
And why does it even matter? It matters because Dauerman's brand of Liberal Messianic Judaism leads Jews (and non-Jews) away from Torah.
But here's why he's wrong. He writes:
“This whole preoccupation with avoiding “the pagan roots of Christmas” is based on what is termed the genetic fallacy–that something should and may be fairly evaluated on the basis of its origin.”It's actually not based on the genetic fallacy at all (nice Straw Man there). A Genetic Fallacy against Christmas would go like this:
(1) Christmas has pagan origins;
(2) Therefore we should avoid Christmas.
That's a logical non-sequittur because the conclusion does not follow the premise. Italians, for example, have pagan origins but this doesn't mean you should avoid Italians. And if you do avoid Italians then you'll miss out on some lovely food and music.
Here's the real argument against Christmas:
(1) Christmas supplants Torah practice;
(2) [Implicit Warrant] Anything that supplants orthopraxy should be avoided—even when it arguably produces some measure of good or contains some measure of truth
(3) Therefore, Christmas should be avoided