Pagan Holidays: Michael Jeshurun on Easter

My note to his article: Very few professing Christians in our day, comparatively speaking, are willing to take an honest, “deep dive,” look into this issue. As with Christmas, the real arguments are either mischaracterized and/or side-stepped altogether. I’m not asking anyone to blindly agree with his arguments… I’m simply asking that you give him a fair, objective hearing. BTW, this man has (for years now) put out a wealth of truly edifying content on Facebook — only now visiting his blog.

Initial Excerpt (click the link for the rest of the article):

Easter has little to do with real Christianity. Does that surprise you? It should not. For example, Easter was not popular with the Puritans or the Pilgrim settlers in America. Neither Puritans or Pilgrims had use for ceremonies associated with religious festivals invented in either pagan history, or reinvented by Roman Catholicism. In actuality, here in the America’s only after the bloodshed Civil War did Easter “begin again” to be accepted. As Walsh states in his “Holy Time and Sacred Space in Puritan New England” (Walsh, American Quarterly, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Spring, 1980), pp. 79-95) “The New England [Pilgrims] like Reformed Protestants everywhere, rejected traditional Roman Catholic and Anglican beliefs and practices that organized time around consecrated churches, railed-off altars, holy shrines, miraculous wells, and that supposed the flow of time to be an irregular succession of holy days and sacred seasons. The Reformers argued, what was intended as a crutch for others had become a cast for Christians who willingly accepted the obligation of constant worship. They for whom all days are holy can have no holidays.” (See, for example, The Sermons of John Calvin Upon the Fifth Book of Moses called Deuteronomie, trans. Arthur Golding (London: H. Middleton, 1583).

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