J M M Francis contends that, in an increasingly secular age, the integrity of our celebration of Christmas is challenged insofar as the relationship between many traditional carols and the Gospel narratives in Matthew and Luke is problematic. Equally, the problematic character of the doctrine of the Virgin Birth presents an acute theological difficulty, which further raises the question of the relationship between faith and history. Francis contends that the Incarnation discloses a mystery, beyond human definition, which leads to an encounter with Christ such that we are led to the manger ourselves to kneel in the company of shepherds and wise men.
Problems about Christmas
Volume 40 1970, p65