Soon: Chapter 1: It’s a Very Atheist Wintermas
As I mentioned a few posts back, there is a lot of ground to cover in these first few chapters. Aside from the weak-ass plot and awful, awful characters, there is all kinds of atheist world-building going on. Or at least, what a Real True Christian thinks an atheist world would be like.
And Jerry Jenkins thinks that in an atheist world, December 24 would be Wintermas Eve.
Washington, D.C., still knew how to do holidays.
Dense snowfall didn’t slow traffic or seem to dampen spirits this December 24–Wintermas Eve–of 36 P.3.
The main thoroughfares of the historic city sparkled with blinking white lights that washed the trees with cheer.
Santas dotted street corners, ringing bells and thanking passersby for donations, but not to the Salvation Army, for neither salvation nor army remained de rigueur. The money would go to international humanitarian relief.
They’re giving their money to international humanitarian relief? Those atheist bastards!!!
Okay, many, many things about these bits from the opening chapter cry out with questions.
To start simply: Does Jerry Jenkins think that white lights are an evil, secular abomination? Does he think that colored lights are just too Christian for the atheists to deal with?
I was joking about the international relief thing, but I wonder if Jenkins was. Is he actually trying to say that his evil atheist dystopia has a few good points, like generosity? Or does he just think that charity is something less when it’s not religious charity?
Okay, and most important: Wintermas?
Jenkins thinks that in an atheist world, December 25 would be Wintermas?? Um, what about all those other holidays at this time of year, Jenkins? Wouldn’t it make sense for atheists to either declare no holidays in December at all, or for December to be some kind of genera-holiday? Because I’m sorry, renaming Christmas but still having the holiday on December 25 does not strike me as particularly atheist at all, especially the straw-atheists of RTC imaginings.
Also…Wintermas? Winter Mass? This name leaves us with only two options that I can think of:
1. Jerry Jenkins does not realize that “Christmas” is derived from “Christ’s Mass,” or is so convinced that Catholics are not Real Christians that he does not care (and thus, thinks everyone else feels the same way)…
2. Jerry Jenkins thinks that atheists do not realize that “Christmas” is derived from “Christ’s Mass,” and thinks that in an atheistic dystopia, at the meeting to name the winter holidays, not one single person there would know what a “mass” is.
Some group or other is being insulted here, accidentally or not. I’m just not sure which one.
I just cannot get over that. As someone said in the comments, this is Imagination Fail. Not even for one moment could Jerry Jenkins imagine how a non-Christian might name a wintertime holiday. Nope, he just transposed the words “Christ” and “Winter.” In an atheistic dystopia, he thinks that is what would happen.