A Nativity Story

Shohreh Aghdashloo as Elizabeth in New Line Cinema's The Nativity Story

The following editorial was published in the Chicago tribune on November 29th.  John Kass explains that the reasons given for excluding advertising for The Nativity Story at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago:

And lo, City Hall ordered the heralds to cry the mayoral decree from the top of every two-flat and skyscraper in his domain:

No advertising of the movie “The Nativity Story” at City Hall’s approved German Christmas festival, called Christkindlmarket, right across the street from City Hall in Daley Plaza.

Christkindlmarket literally means “Christ child market” in German. The sponsors included the producers of “The Nativity Story,” a film about the birth of Christ. The market wanted to run ads about the movie at the festival that commemorates Christmas.

But City Hall determined such ads would offend. Jim Law, mayoral herald and director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, explained:

“Our guidance was that this very prominently placed advertisement would not only be insensitive to the many people of different faiths who come to enjoy the market for its food and unique gifts, but also it would be contrary to acceptable advertising standards suggested to the many festivals holding events on Daley Plaza.”
A second report in the tribune reports a slightly different  reason for the decision made to exclude the Nativity Story movie from the Kristkindl market:
Stung by criticism that the film’s maker was dropped as a sponsor to ensure the event appealed to all faiths, city officials said Tuesday they objected to “The Nativity Story” because it was too commercial.

I see a parallel between AC Grayling’s insistence (see article below) that Christians take their private beliefs out of the public sphere and what is happening here.  Do you see it, too?

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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2 Responses to A Nativity Story

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m not sure what your proof is. I read your comments, but I’m not sure if I’m getting your point. 
    I think your argument is this, though I’m not confident:
    1. Paul loves philosophy.
    2. If Paul loves philosophy, he doesn’t disparage philosophy in I Cor. 1-3
    3. Therefore Paul must not be disparaging philosophy in I Cor 1-3.
    Add to this some vague references to metaphysics of Philo, Plato, etc. Is this your argument? My counter argument is:
    1. Paul is disparaging philosophy in I Cor 1-3.
    2. If Paul loves philosophy, he doesn’t disparage philosophy in I Cor. 1-3
    3. Therefore Paul doesn’t love philosophy.
    This looks like a classic case of “one man’s modus ponens is another man’s modus tollens.” We share premise 2 of my argument, so what it boils down to is the evidence for Paul’s love of philosophy versus evidence that Paul is disparaging it in I cor 1-3. I think that the most natural reading of the passage supports my point, and I have even quoted the passage in detail in the last few posts. Your case, though it may be there somewhere, is really vague to me. Some specifics would help. The devil is in the details here.
    The cynical side of me says that Paul is really a guy who is like a cult leader. I was in a cult, and one of the passages they pointed to was I Cor. 1-3, when difficulties arose, they said that human understanding is useless, you just have to “get the revelation” about their doctrine. I think that’s what Paul is saying here, you just have to “get the revelation”. But anyone can say that.

  2. Oh, I agree ardently.  Although the distractions of today’s world, the conveniences provided by it work well for orderly living.  Not to mention, I think its fine to enjoy “distractions” as long as we recognize they are distractions and the main focus of our life should be on God. 
    Thanks for the comment!

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