Yes, Virginia, there’s also really a Gandalf

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Watch out for those journalists – they know how to sneak their Christian faith into their words. In 1897, there wasn’t any separation of church and media at the New York Sun, as the editor of that paper was Francis Church. That year an 8-year-old girl named Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to Church asking if there really was a Santa Claus, noting that some of her friends doubted that there was but her father had said that if she saw it in the Sun it was true. Church’s response was, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” He said that without Santa Claus there would be no childlike faith, poetry or romance. He added that Virginia’s friends were affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age and didn’t believe what they couldn’t see. Church said that while nobody see
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