(THEIRD.ORG) — A teacher for the Religious Left “Alternative Seminary” in Philadelphia surmised in a Christmas teaching video that the Virgin Mary’s Magnificat made “proclamations by Marx look like something from Ronald Reagan.”

The Alternative Seminary is an “informal, grassroots, non-institutional program” started in 1993 by Christians involved in “social justice and urban ministry.”

Popular Evangelical Left lecturer Shane Claiborne’s The Simple Way community, also based in Philadelphia, recently linked to a revealing video from the seminary.

Entitled “Peace on Earth and the Politics of Christmas,” the recorded lecture by Will O’Brien, seminary coordinator and instructor, explored the narratives of Matthew and Luke with an eager audience.

In his lesson, he recast the nativity stories to downplay spiritual insights and to elevate political liberation

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