September 28th, 2017
I want to illustrate my fundamental disagreement with the Witness view of birthdays and (some) holidays.
Take birthdays. I'm happy to say they're Pagan, but as the title suggests, this is only in a qualified and ultimately trivial sense. They're not essentially pagan, anymore than the argument for an Unmoved Mover is. Sure pagans celebrated them (apparently before anyone else did), and they had (additional, specifically pagan) beliefs and practices that went along with such celebrations; but that is merely an accident of history, and doesn't suggest that birthdays are essentially pagan.
To him who is clean, everything is clean, so if you want to celebrate, go ahead.
I have more to say about the faulty reasoning employed against purportedly pagan practices - such as instances where the Watchtower endorses this reasoning to certain customs (but not others), and the fatal (and obvious) flaw in their 'biblical' case against birthdays - but let's leave that for a future post.