Archbishop of Canterbury Dismisses Nativity Scene as Nothing but 'Legend'
- The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, dismissed the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men yesterday as nothing but "legend."
There was scant evidence for the Magi, and none at all that there were three of them, or that they were kings, he said. All the evidence that existed was in Matthew�s Gospel. The Archbishop said: "Matthew�s Gospel doesn�t tell us there were three of them, doesn�t tell us they were kings, doesn�t tell us where they came from. It says they are astrologers, wise men, priests from somewhere outside the Roman Empire, that�s all we�re really told." Anything else was legend. "It works quite well as legend," the Archbishop said.