Today, wise men know that the world’s economic future isn’t in the west.
It’s in China.
Some 2,000 years ago, Joseph and Mary headed from Nazareth to Bethlehem to sign a census.
Census night was a big deal in Roman Judea because the Romans were meticulous about economic and demographic affairs.
The Romans were fastidious measurers because they were exacting tax-collectors.
Much of our history concerns itself with the Roman Empire as being the precursor of Western European civilisation, but in…