The Real St. Nick

On this, the feast day of St. Nicholas—the day on which Christians have traditionally given gifts, keeping clear from the clutter of stuff the Feast of the Nativity on Dec. 25—I give to you this wonderful lecture on The Real St. Nicholas. With wry humor and education that comes across more like love, John A. McGuckin, Nielsen Chair in Late Antique & Byzantine Christian History, relays the story of a radical critic of the slave trade, friend of the poor, and ardent defender of the Christian faith, and of how he became the fat, jolly icon of American consumerism. This may be the most devotionally enriching 25 minutes of your advent season!

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