Saturday, September 26, 2009

The miracle and mystery of Christmas

Here is a talk, A Scientist looks at the miracle and mystery of Christmas, that I gave two years ago to a group of parents at a school Gingerbread House making event.

I have a wonderful wife who is enthusiastic about my merits and accomplishments. (This week was our nineteenth anniversary!). The other day she told me I really should post the talk here.

Some of the main ideas in the talk, included in the title were inspired by Karl Barth's discussion of Christmas in chapter 14 of Dogmatics in Outline, which he summarises (in his usual dense prose):
The truth of the conception of Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirt and of His birth of the Virgin Mary points to the true Incarnation of the true God achieved in His historical manifestation, and recalls the special form through which this beginning of the divine act of grace and revelation, that occurred in Jesus Christ, was distinguished from other human events.

The nativity painting below was painted by Bruegel in 1564.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Ross H. McKenzie, Yes your job seems indeed interesting!

    You wrote in your article: “ to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins,”

    I want to comment on this.

    (le-havdil) How to live in order to enable the Creator in His loving kindness to provide His forgiveness is outlined in the Bible ; and was also taught by the first century Ribi Yehoshua from Nazareth (the Messiah).

    Read it here:

    Have a nice day!
    Anders Branderud