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Christmas According to Dickens: What Transformed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Transforms Us? (Part 2)

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Yesterday, I began to gather together the strands of this series and weave some conclusions about what transforms us. I suggested that: • Transformation begins when something interrupts our ordinary experience.• Transformation comes through pain.• Transformation comes through children. Today […]

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Christmas According to Dickens: What Transformed Ebenezer Scrooge? What Transforms Us?

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I’m finally ready to answer the question that has guided most of this series on A Christmas Carol: Why did Ebenezer Scrooge change? Today I want to sum up what we’ve discovered and make some connections to our own experience. […]

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Christmas According to Dickens: Evidence of Scrooge’s Transformed Life: Stave V

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When we left Ebenezer Scrooge in my last post of this series, he had come to the end of the visits by the Spirits of Christmas past, present, and future. In response to these visits, he promised to be a […]

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Christmas According to Dickens: Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave IV

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The final Spirit to visit Ebenezer Scrooge is the “Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come” or simply the “Ghost of the Future.” This silent Spirit, shrouded in black, takes the mythic form of death. Not surprisingly, the visions it reveals […]

Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave III, Part 2

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In yesterday’s post, I began considering what in Stave III contributes to the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge’s heart. I summarized the events of Stave 3, focusing especially on Scrooge’s response to children in need: Tiny Tim of the Cratchit family […]

Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave III

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When we last left Ebenezer Scrooge, he had just finished being visited by the first of three Christmas Spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past. He fell into bed, exhausted. At the beginning of Stave III, Scrooge awakes, ready for the […]

Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave II

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In my last post, I began to examine A Christmas Carol to discover why Ebenezer Scrooge changed so dramatically. I showed that we see the tiniest hint of his transformation in his interaction with the ghost of Jacob Marley, whose […]

Christmas According to Dickens: Why Did Ebenezer Scrooge Change? Stave 1

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As A Christmas Carol begins, Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the most unlikable characters in all of literature. Here, once again, is the full version of Charles Dickens’s classic description: Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, […]

Christmas According to Dickens: What Made Scrooge Scrooge?

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If you call somebody a Scrooge today, everybody will know what you mean. You’re implying that someone is miserly, grumpy, and selfish, especially but not only during Christmastime. Soon I want to examine what made Ebenezer Scrooge change from being, […]

“Ebenezer Scrooge” – The Meaning of the Name

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As a first step in our consideration of the question “Why did Ebenezer Scrooge change?” I want to examine the character’s name. Charles Dickens was an author who paid attention to the tiniest details of a story. Surely he chose […]

Christmas According to Dickens: The First “Ebenezer Scrooge”

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If I were to tell you that Charles Dickens wrote a story about a solitary, crotchety old man who despised both people and Christmas until some supernatural visitors came to him on Christmas Eve and taught him to have a […]

Christmas According to Dickens: The Real Business of Christmas

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In Monday’s post I began to explain the impact of Charles Dickens, especially through A Christmas Carol, upon our celebrations of Christmas. In fact, it’s not too much of an exaggeration to describe him, in the words of the London […]

Dickens: The Man Who Invented Christmas?

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In 1988 the Sunday Telegraph of London gave Charles Dickens the title of “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” If you’re not familiar with the history of Christmas celebrations, this may seem like an enormous exaggeration. But when you look more […]

Our Favorite Christmas Carol?

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What Is Your Favorite Christmas Carol? If you were to ask people “What is your favorite Christmas carol?” you’d get a wide variety of answers. Many would offer up “Silent Night” or “Joy to the World.” Folks who count all […]

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