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by Donald Heinz

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Author:
Donald Heinz
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978-0800697334
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0800697332
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Fortress Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2010)
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Another book about Christmas? Yes, but this is the one we really need. Heinz tells us the deep story of Christmas all the way back, including its central meaning in understanding the Incarnation.

Ships from and sold by Poverty Hill Books. Another book about Christmas? Yes, but this is the one we really need. But he also helps us understand why it has become perhaps the most central festival of family life in the year for Christians and non-Christians alike. Heinz is more concerned with helping us understand the joy in elaborations that seem far from the original meaning than he is with chiding the innovators.

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Donald Heinz unearths the social practices and broader cultural history of Christmas, even as he traces the original and evolving incarnational theology that occasionally still shines through in our celebrations of Christmas. ISBN13:9780800697334. Release Date:June 2010.

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Christmas: Festival of Incarnation. United States, USA. Lists. Created April 1, 2008. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0-8006-9733-4. Donald Heinz is a professor of religious studies and a minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has written this book from his perspective as a Christian because he perceives Christmas as perhaps the most informative barometer of the state of religion in contemporary Western culture.

Christmas, the festival of Incarnation, is divine mystery incarnated in material culture. The dual theme of incarnation runs throughout the book but is perhaps articulated most clearly, and sometimes controversially, in the chapter on theology

Christmas, the festival of Incarnation, is divine mystery incarnated in material culture. unfolding theatrical production in three acts. Act 1 concerns the sacred texts that describe the incarnation of God into human flesh. The dual theme of incarnation runs throughout the book but is perhaps articulated most clearly, and sometimes controversially, in the chapter on theology. The incarnation implies a dangerous freedom with regard to all human cultures, says the author. God appears open to every human form.

Christmas : Festival of Incarnation. Walmart 9780800697174. Donald Heinz brilliantly unearths the social practices and broader cultural history of Christmas, even as he traces the original and evolving incarnational theology that occasionally still shines through in our celebrations of Christmas. Augsburg Fortress Pub. Book Format.

Автор: Heinz Donald Название: Christmas: Festival of Incarnation ISBN: 0800697332 ISBN-13(EAN) .

Описание: This book raises in a new way a central question of Christology: what is the divine motive for the incarnation? Throughout Christian history a majority of Western theologians have agreed that God's decision to become incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ was made necessary by "the Fall": if humans had not sinned, the incarnation would not have happened.

Donald Heinz brilliantly unearths the social practices and broader cultural history of Christmas, even as he traces the original and evolving incarnational theology that occasionally still shines through in our celebrations of Christmas.Heinz's thick description of the religious and cultural history of Christmas, from its origins in the sacred texts of early Christianity to the figure of Santa Claus to the commercial spree of today, is a marvelous pilgrimage through lived religion as it appears in folkways, music, art, and literature. Yet it also assays the deeper theological meaning and appropriations of this central festival and asks whether retrieving Christmas can enable deeper appreciation of the reality of incarnation in each era and, perhaps, even today.
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  • Heinz brings together many useful Christmas resources--songs, poems, quotes, and historical observations.
    He provides a useful framework to thinking about Christmas and how to maximize its meaning in multiple settings--church, home, and wider communities.

    Why not four stars? Heinz only infrequently deepens one's understanding of Christmas and provides few pointers to how its celebration might be improved. The writing is predictable and repetitive.

  • Summary: Four out of Five stars. A good text that reaches beyond the contemporary confinement concerning Christmas and provides an erudite read of the historical and theological basis for Christmas. Central to the purpose which Heinz has for the text is indentifying Christmas in its appropriate expression as a celebration of the incarnation of Jesus. Though the text seem limited by redundancy and a continual rant against consumerism, the author does provide a readable text that is informative for the engaged reader. This is a good text for the included theological reader who desires a text which is deep in history, rich in story, and thorough in method.

    Detail: At the center of this book's aim is to delve into the annual winter festival known as Christmas to uncover the Christian practice as a celebration of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Per the author's description, "This book is a religious and historical accounting of Christmas as an ever-evolving festival of Incarnation...This book tells the amazing story of how an original religious festival celebrating the one-time Incarnation of God that is the heart of Christianity relentlessly expanded the divine investment in material culture and laid down vast deposits in the Western tradition." (ix) To accomplish this task, Heinz lays out three sections across which he moves from text to historical expression and to culture.

    Heinz keeps central that Christmas, as it stands today, provides a unique interaction with the sacred and secular that should not be ignored. However, this interaction exists at a tension where excessive consumerism has turned this distinctively Christian celebration (at least in its post-Easter adaptation) into a feast of personal indulgence instead of the reflection on the divine gift. One of the aims for Heinz is how the Church might recapture Christmas and bring it back to its profound reflection on the nature and glory of the incarnation of Christ.

    In evaluation of the text, Heinz has produced a unique work that rises above the sugary, shallow treatments that provide intellectual Milquetoast during a season which should be profoundly reflective. While the work is not beyond the grasp of the layman it also welcomes the attuned scholar. This is a difficult text to develop as it must speak into both worlds; being readable while also providing depth. However, Heinz does well to produce a text amiable to this level of discussion. Some might find the text too lofty, favoring something with a more sweet tooth satisfying glaze of cultural accommodate. There are plenty of treatments of the season that will suffice. For readers who desire to be stretched and motivated to consider the Incarnational reason for the season, Heinz has provided a text that does permit this intellectual exercise.

    There are a few weak spots in the text. While I am not convinced that capitalism is entirely corrupt, I do share a concern for the secular religion of reckless consumerism which pervades the holiday. Christmas for the vast majority of people in the western world is indistinguishable as a festival of Incarnation. However, I do worry that Heinz takes his critique too far and becomes redundant. For readers who align with his theological school, the tones of liberationist theology will be soothing, for evangelicals the continual refrain against capitalism seems injurious to the point of the book. Heinz does well to show how Christmas has been both banished and welcomed by different generations of Christians. He does seem, though, to take this critique too far and, specifically in the final summation, seems a bit overbearing. This is the most troubling weak spot for the text.

    Some more conservative evangelicals will be uncomfortable with Heinz's theological method which will rub against the standard theological commits they are comfortable with and cause some strain. However, if a reader can look beyond this they will find a text rich in historical and theological reflection. There are some theological points which I didn't agree with but I still found the larger point of the text edifying and educating.

    The text is replete with quotable lines, useful illustrations, and helpful historical reflections. If pastors and teachers were to take some of the illustrations and lines from the text their sermons and lessons would benefit. Overall, I believe this is a fine text that is written well, researched well, and presented in a fine format. The middle section of various pictures and art is a wonderful addition. Also, the annotated notes section (there are no endnotes or footnotes) is well researched and the author's own annotations are rather insightful. This is a good text and would be a excellent selection for a more inclined theological reader who desires a deeper discussion on the beauty of the Incarnation in the midst of the holiday season.