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Jesus Vs. Santa Board Game Draws Criticism

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Dec 06
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A Christmas board game that pits Jesus against Santa is receiving criticism for being offensive and even blasphemous.

According to ChristianToday.com, the board game, called “Santa vs. Jesus” began as a Kickstarter campaign.

Some Christians believe that the game is blasphemous because it trivializes Jesus.

Danny Webster, a spokesman for the Evangelical Alliance, said that the game is problematic because it presents both Jesus and Santa as “fictional characters.”

"With over four out of 10 people in the U.K. mistakenly thinking that Jesus was not a real historical person, this game won't help correct that," Webster stated.

"At its heart Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Jesus and the gift of life He brings. Santa comes from the story of St. Nicholas who as a Christian bishop was generous to the poor and was very happy to have Christ as his king," he added.

While playing the game, participants are split up into two teams-team Santa or team Jesus. They then try to get the most “believers.”

Despite the criticism the game has received, one of its creators, Julian Miller, said that its sales "are exceeding all expectations and we've had to rush through another order with our manufacturer to keep up with the demand."

 

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Publication date: December 6, 2016