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1. Please give a description of the the lecture. A. That is roughly what was covered overall from beginning to end. Try to give some of the emotional tone and subjective spiritual meaning for the lecture. B. What was the main message?2. Name at least one revelation you took away from the lecture.3. According to deChant, what are the various examples of “sacred” consumption in America?I upload two example to paraphrase.
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1. Please give a description of the lecture.
2. That is roughly what was covered overall from beginning to end. Try to give
some of the emotional tone and subjective spiritual meaning for the lecture.
Dell deChant divided his lecture into three series. He first gave the understanding
of the world as it is today, second, he outlined the book and its understanding,
lastly he discussed the importance and understanding of Christmas in America.
deChant discussed the importance of having a religion department in college and
how lacking one is a grave disadvantage to the students and the school. He spoke
about the importance behind the five companies that have changed the world,
Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. He has asked the question,
“what is religion” his entire academic career. He explained that religion for most
folks is some place, with some book, on a certain day of the week when we do
something.
1. What was the main message?
Santa Claus and consumerism have changed the way that Christmas is celebrated
and understood in America. A large example of this, is the Christmas buying
season that starts the day after Thanksgiving, on Black Friday. The cover of the
book is an illustration of the Christian Nativity scene but instead of Jesus being in
the manger, Santa Claus is.
2. Name at least one revelation you took away from the lecture.
It never occurred to me that the American economy relied so deeply on
consumption rather than manufacturing. I didn’t know that religion in America
was based so highly on consumption.
3. According to deChant, what are the various examples of “sacred” consumption
in America?
The examples of “sacred” consumption in America are Christmas, 4th of July, Back
to School and the Christmas season.
1. Please give a description of the lecture.
A.That is roughly what was covered overall from beginning to end. Try to give
some of the emotional tone and subjective spiritual meaning for the lecture.


Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft has a great influence on
consumers outlook.
DeChant divides his lecture into three (3) sections being: (1) understanding
the world as it is today; (2) The book “The Sacred Santa”; and (3) What’s Going
on with Christmas?
In the first section, He starts by talking about the importance of Religious studies
courses. He expresses his belief that religious studies courses are the tools by
which we are able to think critically in the world to come. Additionally, without a
basic understanding of religion, one is unprepared for the future.




When studying religion and culture you need to ask certain questions?
Christmas is a season of sacrilege and a season of holiness. Christmas is
profoundly religious and arguably the most sacred in a year. Is it possible that
our seemingly secular culture is a religious culture? To answer this question,
you have to first understand what is religion.
The role of nature in religion is small, what guides religion today is the red and
black of the economy. He supported this with a study from the Presidential
campaign of Bill Clinton. He stated that the economy was the guiding force of
the world today. Religion’s relationship with the economy would be related,
for example the purchase of religious books, shrines and such things. The
economy is consumer based and religion is related to that now.
The religion of consumption is something that we practice routinely. We are
constantly consuming. Christmas is the most sacred consumption in America.
At the center of the shrine, the master of the season sits Santa. We bring our
children to the Santa God and wait in line to bring the child to the Santa God.
B. What was the main message?

The main purpose of the lecture was to speak about how consumerism has
changed the outlook on Christmas and has changed the reason for the season.
He emphasized this by asking what would happen when we stopped
consuming on a mass spectrum. He explained that there would be many
consequences if our consumer culture were to come to an end.
2. Name at least one revelation you took away from the lecture.

The most startling revelation I took away from the lecture was the mention of
the five (5) that greatly influence consumer culture. These included: Google,
Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft.
3. According to DeChant, what are the various examples of “sacred” consumption
in America?




Consumption on Valentine’s Day
Consumption on 4th of July
Consumption on Back to School
Consumption on Christmas, starting from the day after Thanksgiving.

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