An opinion editorial published in The New York Times, Dec. 13, 2012, referenced R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary, concerning the use of extra-biblical traditions in the Christmas story.
According to the editorial, "Hark! The Herald Angels Didn’t Sing," the use of imagination and elaboration in the Christmas story is dividing Christians over whether such additions are helpful in knowing God.
T. M. Luhrmann writes: "The pope and Albert Mohler are concerned that Christians get God right. They fear that congregants in these experientially oriented churches will imagine God in a way that inadvertently violates Scripture and leads them astray (God might become wholly loving, for example, and not at all judgmental)."
The full article is available at The New York Times website, here.