Rather belatedly, the final question of the great Christmas Commenting Competition was: How do you use the Christmas season to share your faith with others?
There were twenty two comments, although another four have turned up since the period finished. On the plus side this is twice as must as day 11. There were none from anyone of usual note.
The prize for day 12 was Darwin: The Voyage That Shook The World. It’s a reasonably controversial DVD “commissioned” by Creation Ministries International. I’ll not plagiarise the entire Wikipedia article, but I will give you a taster:
A historian featured in the film has stated that the creationist backing of the film had been concealed when he agreed to take part, that the editing of his words could give a false impression of his views, and that the film presents a historically distorted portrait of Darwin. Creation Ministries agreed that they had set up a “front company” to approach experts. They denied any deception and stated that one of the interviewees had admitted that while the producers had “cherry picked” comments they “didn’t distort what we said”, and compared their approach to that used by the BBC in making documentaries.
The three historians featured in the film subsequently issued a statement that they had been misrepresented by the film company’s selective reconstruction of Darwin’s voyage. CMI countered these claims with extended quotes from the interviews of the historians. Their response was described as appearing to be sound in specific aspects by American skeptic Jim Lippard, who had not seen the film at that time. Having seen the film, he described it as trying to hide its own creationism, which becomes increasingly apparent as the film progresses.
You get the idea.
The twelfth and final verse thus becomes:
On the twelfth day of Christmas, Dr Forlow gave to me…
The Fossil Record
The Young Earth
Thinking God’s Thoughts
Legends of Dragons
Some other books
Made in His Image
Big Book of History
And Climbers and Creepers
It’s not exactly the greatest of Twelve Days of Christmas versions, is it?
The winner for day 11 was Betsy, for:
That’s a Fact — Humans are Unique!
The honourable mention may as well go to “Andy”, mentioned at the time, for expressing his disagreement with the latest video about the virgin birth.
The winner for day 12 was Rachel Wilke:
I am also a piano and violin teacher and I try to share my faith during the Christmas season by having my students learn Christmas carols in order to tell them about Jesus. We have a number of pagans and witches in our community and I have taught some of their children. These kids have never even heard the name Jesus but most parents forbid them to even hear a Christmas carol and refuse to let me tell them the Christmas story.
I think I missed a H.M. at one point, so I have an excuse to give it to two people. The first is Carol Schroeder, who said “Our front yard vividly displays “Happy Birthday Jesus” to our community.” – it isn’t. The second goes to “Mert”, who said:
This is the perfect time of year to say Christ over and over to every one. Merry CHRISTmas. I also wear my “Jesus is the reason for the season pin.” When people ask me what I’m doing for Christmas it is my joy to tell them I’m going to church to worship the Christ child born on Christmas day.
If it comes down to it, the honourable side of the award goes to those who have to put up with Mert and all the other evangelist commentors on the post.
And that’s that. Again, once Dr Forlow starts up again, I’ll do an analysis to see if the competition actually worked beyond the short term. We shall see…