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A Look at Christmas – Some Different Viewpoints

 

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Around the world, people (Christians and non-Christians alike) are celebrating this perennial winter holiday.

Here are some interesting articles I recently came upon that explores what the Bible says about the Virgin Birth (really technically the “Virgin Conception”) and the genre of the gospels as well.

The Not-So Virgin Birth of God” and “Six Problems with the Virgin Birth: Biblical and Historical Perspective“.

And an interesting article on how the date of December 25 came to be celebrated as Jesus’ birthday.

Here are our group’s personal reflections on Christmas and the Virgin birth as well from earlier in the year.

Some things to chew on for this Christmas season.

 

 

A Look Into Jesus’ Conception

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“The Nativity”, Lorenzo Lotto (1480 – 1556/57), 1523, oil on panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

 

This week, we will take a mini-break from Confessions and discuss the topic of the Virgin birth and Christology.

 

We will be going over an article from the November/December 2014 issue of Biblical Archeology Review titled “How Babies Were Made in Jesus’ Time” by Andrew Lincoln.  A brief synopsis of the article can be found here; for the complete article you have to order from the website.

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Chapter 22: Europe Re-enchanted or Disenchanted? (1815 – 1914) – Part I

 

"Die Proklamation des Deutschen Kaiserreiches" by Anton von Werner (1877)

“Die Proklamation des Deutschen Kaiserreiches” by Anton von Werner (1877), depicting the proclamation of the foundation of the German Second Reich (18 January 1871, Palace of Versailles). Left, on the podium (in black): Crown Prince Frederick (later Frederick III), his father Emperor Wilhelm I, and Frederick I of Baden, proposing a toast to the new emperor. Centre (in white): Otto von Bismarck, first Chancellor of Germany, Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian Chief of Staff.

 

For next Tuesday, Sept. 23 read the first 3 sections of Chapter 22: Europe Re-enchanted or Disenchanted? (1815 – 1914) – Catholicism Ascendant: Mary’s Triumph and the Challenge of Liberalism, Protestantism: Bibles and ‘First-Wave’ Feminism, and A Protestant Enlightenment: Schleiermacher, Hegel and Their Heirs.  

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Chapter 11: Part II – The Age of the Crusades (1060 – 1200)

New responses posted here on Chapter 11: The Age of the Crusades (1060 – 1200).

Chapter 11: Part 2 – The Crusades, Indulgences, Knights Templar, Cathars, Cistercians, and Mary, the Mother of God

Hi everyone,

We’ll go over the second half of Chapter 11 of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years beginning with the section titled, “The Age of the Crusades (1060 – 1200)”.

We’ll cover one of the darkest and bloodiest periods in Christian history – or world history in general – the Crusades.  Just in time for the upcoming holidays!

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