Russell Snell and his wife Ambria work on their parts as Joseph and Mary with the baby Jesus in the manger scene at the Living Nativity Drive-Thru at Riverdale Assembly of God Church in Riverdale in this 2012 photo. The Living Nativity had a cast of about 260. New research suggests greater number of Americans view the Biblical nativity story more as allegory than fact.
Russell Snell and his wife Ambria work on their parts as Joseph and Mary with the baby Jesus in the manger scene at the Living Nativity Drive-Thru at Riverdale Assembly of God Church in Riverdale in this 2012 photo. The Living Nativity had a cast of about 260. New research suggests greater number of Americans view the Biblical nativity story more as allegory than fact. CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE Fresno Bee file
Russell Snell and his wife Ambria work on their parts as Joseph and Mary with the baby Jesus in the manger scene at the Living Nativity Drive-Thru at Riverdale Assembly of God Church in Riverdale in this 2012 photo. The Living Nativity had a cast of about 260. New research suggests greater number of Americans view the Biblical nativity story more as allegory than fact. CRAIG KOHLRUSS/THE FRESNO BEE Fresno Bee file

Whether fact or fiction, Christmas nativity story bears much meaning for our lives

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Andrew Fiala

Andrew Fiala is a professor of philosophy and director of The Ethics Center at Fresno State.