Halloween: Christian and Pagan Syncretism

Syncretism is a great word. It means blending contradictory beliefs, theology and/or mythology together to come up with something unique and unified. This certainly applies to Halloween which seems to merge Christian and Pagan ideas together for a holiday. The word syncretism seems to trace back to Greek and Roman historian Plutarch who commented that… [Read More]

Origin of the Jack-o-Lantern

As Halloween approaches, the jack-o-lanterns will appear in your neighborhood. You will see them in windows, on doorsteps, along porch railings, atop fence posts, even on roof tops. Some jack-o-lanterns are large and some are small; some are elaborate and some are simple; some are frightening and some are funny. What all jack-o-lanterns have in… [Read More]