The pagan roots of Easter

The pagan roots of Easter

There are 8 comments on the Guardian Unlimited story from Apr 4, 2010, titled The pagan roots of Easter. In it, Guardian Unlimited reports that:

Easter is a pagan festival. If Easter isn't really about Jesus, then what is it about? Today, we see a secular culture celebrating the spring equinox , whilst religious culture celebrates the resurrection.

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Since: Mar 10

San Dimas, CA

#1 Apr 14, 2010
On the flip side of the coin, this proves that Pagans are really a lot like Christians, after all.

“A different view”

Since: Sep 08

West Riding

#2 Apr 15, 2010
Stedenko wrote:
On the flip side of the coin, this proves that Pagans are really a lot like Christians, after all.
Really? so what were they before the Christians came along?

“One voice is enough.”

Since: Jul 07

Tempe, AZ

#3 Apr 15, 2010
Stedenko wrote:
On the flip side of the coin, this proves that Pagans are really a lot like Christians, after all.
Before anyone can evaluate what thou just said, we'll need some sort of example of what that even means. Pagans and Christians all humans that's a lot alike; they all breathe air, that's a lot alike; they're both religions, that's a lot alike; ... None meaningful distinctions.

We don't say that things are a lot alike so often that we say that things are more alike to each other than they are to other external things.

Are Christians and Pagans more alike than either is similar to Muslims? Americans? Squid? What?

“NM Desert Rat”

Since: Mar 08

Elephant Butte, N.M.

#4 Apr 15, 2010
Stedenko wrote:
On the flip side of the coin, this proves that Pagans are really a lot like Christians, after all.
Many things the Christians hold so near and dear have Pagan roots. Comparing Christians to Pagans is like comparing oranges to apples.

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Since: Mar 10

San Dimas, CA

#5 Apr 15, 2010
First, the fact that Easter has Pagan roots has not been a secret during the past 2000 years. People already know that.

So what's the point of bringing it up? I think Pagans want Christians to realize that Christianity is in part based on Pagan rituals, and so a Christian is somewhat hypocritical for criticizing Pagans.

So I propose that the mirror image of this argument is also true. A Pagan is being hypocritical when they mock Christianity, because the two religions are somewhat related.

“A different view”

Since: Sep 08

West Riding

#6 Apr 15, 2010
Stedenko wrote:
First, the fact that Easter has Pagan roots has not been a secret during the past 2000 years. People already know that.
So what's the point of bringing it up? I think Pagans want Christians to realize that Christianity is in part based on Pagan rituals, and so a Christian is somewhat hypocritical for criticizing Pagans.
So I propose that the mirror image of this argument is also true. A Pagan is being hypocritical when they mock Christianity, because the two religions are somewhat related.
If you call being related, one side hijacking the others special dates and then attaching their own to them (even though it has been proved that they couldnt have happened on those dates)then fair enough.
You have to accept that this is a Pagan/Wiccan forum and people here are constantly under bombardment from followers of other beliefs (mainly Christians)so they have suspicions, doubts and in some instances aggression towards what they perceive to be less than complimentary intruders.
I personally do not visit the forums of other believers and try to disrupt them and if I did then I would consider that any hostility that came my way would be well deserved.

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Since: Mar 10

San Dimas, CA

#7 Apr 15, 2010
albion wrote:
<quoted text>If you call being related, one side hijacking the others special dates and then attaching their own to them (even though it has been proved that they couldnt have happened on those dates)then fair enough.
You have to accept that this is a Pagan/Wiccan forum and people here are constantly under bombardment from followers of other beliefs (mainly Christians)so they have suspicions, doubts and in some instances aggression towards what they perceive to be less than complimentary intruders.
I personally do not visit the forums of other believers and try to disrupt them and if I did then I would consider that any hostility that came my way would be well deserved.
This is an anonymous forum. This is no place to hold a prayer meeting. A little advice - don't reveal you innermost secrets here, and take everything you read with a grain of salt.

Since: Jan 09

Lorain, OH

#8 Apr 19, 2010
What rubbish. Easter-- or rather, the Christian Paschal holiday-- has very little to do with Paganism. Even the date is naught but coincidence: Passover, the Jewish holiday upon which the Christian holiday is dated, roughly coincides with the Vernal Equinox. And by "roughly", I mean "the resulting Christian holiday can occur as much as 35 days after the Vernal Equinox". Simply put, one would have an easier time claiming that Thanksgiving is rooted in the Celtic holiday of Samhain.

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