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12-01-10 - Christmas: Festival of Incarnation Interview

Donald-HeinzAnother book about Christmas? Yes, but this is the one we really need. Heinz 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.  Listen to Brock's interview with Donald Heinz, author of "Christmas Festival of Incarnation".



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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