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Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 1 by Neodarwinian

Some of those people highlighted on In God We Trust need to read and understand this article.

Devoid of the miraculous nonsense it does not matter if Jesus lived or not as it does not matter whether Socrates lived or not. Without the nonsense there are some precepts, not all precepts though, that people could follow.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 02:54:40 UTC | #933189

Zeuglodon's Avatar Comment 2 by Zeuglodon

Call me cynical, but what is this article trying to say? Easter is a wonderful and uplifting time, even among nonreligious, see how Christianity is still relevant, plus we have an anecdote of a man who took an odd rational approach to the bible's content by removing "holiness and miracles", how odd and literalist of him, but never mind because we're inclusive and here we stand in brotherhood and sisterhood?

The writer(s) seem(s) to be drunk on poetry. At least this article was short.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 02:54:57 UTC | #933190

Sara's Avatar Comment 3 by Sara

It's a start

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 03:05:20 UTC | #933193

paulmcuk's Avatar Comment 4 by paulmcuk

Believers in the miracle may be joined by skeptics, nonbelievers, followers of other faiths and once-a-year churchgoers in taking what they will, or what they can, from this season’s feeling of hope and renewal.

Isn't hope and renewal essentially the old pre-christian meaning of easter? Pesky pagans got there first again.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 08:08:23 UTC | #933227

AtheistEgbert's Avatar Comment 5 by AtheistEgbert

Easter is just as annoying as Christmas.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 09:24:33 UTC | #933245

Anonymous's Avatar Comment 6 by Anonymous

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Mon, 09 Apr 2012 09:43:37 UTC | #933249

jel's Avatar Comment 7 by jel

All I take from easter (like xmas) is the opportunity to have a few days off work, to relax, enjoy myself with friends. I would take these whatever the reason given, I like having time off work. I don't need anything religious to enjoy myself.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 09:47:39 UTC | #933250

guwest's Avatar Comment 8 by guwest

Comment 4 by paulmcuk :

Believers in the miracle may be joined by skeptics, nonbelievers, followers of other faiths and once-a-year churchgoers in taking what they will, or what they can, from this season’s feeling of hope and renewal.

Isn't hope and renewal essentially the old pre-christian meaning of easter? Pesky pagans got there first again.

Everyone feels hope and renewal in the spring. You'd have to be brain-dead if, after a walk through the bluebell and daffodil woods, you didn't. Mind you, the climate's hammering the wild flowers this year, which is an issue of more relevance to me than whether some ancient Palestinian rabble rouser has risen or not to 'save' us.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 09:48:07 UTC | #933251

mmurray's Avatar Comment 9 by mmurray

Comment 8 by guwest :

Everyone feels hope and renewal in the spring. You'd have to be brain-dead if, after a walk through the bluebell and daffodil woods, you didn't. Mind you, the climate's hammering the wild flowers this year, which is an issue of more relevance to me than whether some ancient Palestinian rabble rouser has risen or not to 'save' us.

Assuming, of course, that easter occurs in spring and that the majority of your foliage is deciduous so that spring is a noticeable event

Michael

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 09:58:14 UTC | #933258

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 10 by QuestioningKat

This is essentially the sermon that was told at my former liberal church. It was a story of renewal and specifically renewing ourselves. Our old habits, beliefs, and ways could be dropped (die) and a new way of being can emerge. Mess up on your diet, choose differently right now. We choose each and every day, every hour, every minute, every moment. There is no reason to piggy-back this to Easter. It makes better sense to piggy back this to the Pagan traditions of spring which were about renewal, rebirth, and life rising after winter. The thing is that this renewal can happen any day of the year if we choose that option.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:10:27 UTC | #933270

78rpm's Avatar Comment 11 by 78rpm

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Call me cynical, but what is this article trying to say? Easter is a wonderful and uplifting time, even among nonreligious, see how Christianity is still relevant, plus we have an anecdote of a man who took an odd rational approach to the bible's content by removing "holiness and miracles", how odd and literalist of him, but never mind because we're inclusive and here we stand in brotherhood and sisterhood?

The writer(s) seem(s) to be drunk on poetry. At least this article was short.

Well asked and well said.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:46:44 UTC | #933291

HellFireFuel's Avatar Comment 12 by HellFireFuel

Whats so wonderful about easter?

Easy.

Cadbury's cream eggs.

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 13:26:02 UTC | #933309

Mr DArcy's Avatar Comment 13 by Mr DArcy

For some reason unknown to me my comment on the WP's site was deleted after about 5 minutes. Here it is:

Let the Christians have their little fantasies. Just don't call me "less than human" (Cardinal Murphy O'Connor), or interfere with scientific research, or tell Africans they musn't use condoms, or interfere with people's family lives, or present a false view of the universe, among a few other things.

Incidentally, Jefferson was a slave owner and begat at least one child by one of them!

Now why would the WP want to delete a comment like that? (Christian moderator perhaps?)

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 13:33:05 UTC | #933314

drumdaddy's Avatar Comment 14 by drumdaddy

A six century Greek writes some stories about middle-eastern tribes from several centuries in the past. His stories include two unnamed characters who claim to see a resurrection. Upon this unshakeable, redoubtable evidence is born an empire. Remove a few obvious canards such as this flying zombie and the whole house of cards can topple. Keep it real and challenge the ridiculous. Let's install Abrahamic religion in its proper place, the past. (Actually, it was not proper or valid in the past, but that is the safest place to put it.)

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:15:41 UTC | #933337

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 15 by Alan4discussion

Comment 12 by HellFireFuel

Whats so wonderful about easter?

In the Northern hemisphere the spring flowers are quite cheery!

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 17:55:09 UTC | #933395

Philster61's Avatar Comment 16 by Philster61

Easter is the time of the year when I religiously renew my love of The Life Of Brian.I would love to stand outside the Vatican and sing Always look on the Bright side of Life

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 18:55:25 UTC | #933407

alaskansee's Avatar Comment 17 by alaskansee

@mmurray

Comment 12 by HellFireFuel Whats so wonderful about easter? Easy. Cadbury's cream eggs

It's always spring when the Cadbury's Parrot comes to say "Hello" no mater where you live. Next you'll be telling us it doesn't snow at christmas!

Good point HellFireFuel!

Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:56:03 UTC | #933440

foundationist's Avatar Comment 18 by foundationist

Happy Easter to all of you.

In Germany we don´t have Cadbury´s cream eggs, but I´ve heard good things...

On the other hand we have a tradition that is one of the best holiday traditions for children ever invented. The Easter Bunny supposedly hides chocolate eggs somewhere in the garden or in the park and parents go with their kids to look for them. If you have small children who are not good with numbers and are trusting enough to let you carry their egg basket, your kids can find the same egg up to three times...

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:25:29 UTC | #933569

Alan4discussion's Avatar Comment 19 by Alan4discussion

Comment 16 by Philster61

Easter is the time of the year when I religiously renew my love of The Life Of Brian.I would love to stand outside the Vatican and sing Always look on the Bright side of Life

That' always good with a crowd joining in the chorus and whistling! I am probably doing it tonight when I take the guitar to the pub!

Tue, 10 Apr 2012 08:36:44 UTC | #933581

ZenDruid's Avatar Comment 20 by ZenDruid

Mmmm. Cadbury's Cream Caecotropes...

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:32:37 UTC | #933815