Halloween is a Christian Holy-Day

What are the origins of Halloween? Halloween is a contraction of “All Hallows’ Eve,” which is also known as “All Saints’ Eve.” As with other holidays, Halloween seems to have a mixture of both pagan and Christian origins. It is a testimony to the uneasy relationship that church tradition has often had with the culture it meets and then inhabits. Watch this Seven Minute Seminary from Ben Witherington III suggesting ways we can engage with culture at this critical holiday.

Are you afraid of ghosts or worried about the presence of evil around Halloween? For help understanding what happens when people die and what the afterlife looks like, watch this Seven Minute Seminary on the topic.

Read more about the topic of Halloween (not necessarily Christian authors):

Halloween: From Pagan Ritual to Party Night by Nicholas Rogers
Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween by Lisa Morton
Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween by David J. Skal

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