Halloween is a Christian Holy-Day

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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.

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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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Dr. Witherington joined the Asbury Seminary faculty in 1995. A prolific author, Dr. Witherington has written more than 40 books and six commentaries. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament and the Institute for Biblical Research. In his leisure time, Dr. Witherington appreciates both music and sports. It is hard to say which sound he prefers: the sophisticated sonance of jazz sensation Pat Metheny or the incessant tomahawk chant of the Atlanta Braves faithful. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he is a dedicated Tar Heels basketball and football fan. He and his wife, Ann, have two children.