We cannot find quick and easy answers for Frequently Asked Questions; if we could, people wouldn’t keep asking them. That means that they’re worth looking at simply as a way of understanding why maybe these aren’t exactly the questions we need to be asking.

Consider, for example, questions about the Star of Bethlehem. Why is this so fascinating to people? What’s at stake at being able to identify (or not being able to identify) some astronomical event as the “real” Star? Maybe the better question is why Matthew included this event in his Gospel… and why we’ve been fascinated by it for so long.