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Life and Faith: Halloween

Life and Faith ponders pagan festivals, commercial hype, costumes, and the definition of evil.

Life and Faith ponders pagan festivals, commercial hype, costumes, and the definition of evil.

Halloween is becoming more popular in Australia every year – but not everyone is happy about it. Some complain that it’s an American tradition; others, usually on religious grounds, object to the way it makes light of evil. Are there good reasons to celebrate this once pagan festival that (like Christmas) has been Christianised – then again secularised – and now very much commercialised? Life and Faith asked John Dickson for his thoughts on the meaning of Halloween – and the relationship of Christian believers to secular culture more generally.