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  •  I used to just go at Easter (6+ / 0-)

    to appease the parental units. Last year I pointed out that Easter was a stolen pagan holiday, and they didn't even bother to change the name much from that ancient Germanic goddess, Ēostre.

    There is a reasonable amount of evidence for her worship aside from Bede, despite what the Evangelicals like to say.

    Needless to say, they have been leaving me alone about attending. In addition their church seems to be going rather toxic under their new minister. Loved the old one, he was cool but alas he retired. Rumor has it he is attending an ELCA church now.

    •  Though on the other hand (1+ / 0-)
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      I had a friend who was a non Lutheran denomination who dated another friend who was Missouri Synod, and his parents always rudely referred to her as that little Lutheran girl, even to her face despite the fact their son attended school with us.

    •  Yes, Easter is a pagan holiday. (0+ / 0-)

      The holy day, the feast day of the Resurection, is Pascha, a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew Pesach.  It's always been called Pascha in the Eastern Church.  We wouldn't think of referring to it as Easter.  I don't know why the Western Church adopted the pagan holiday name.

      "Some folks rob you with a six-gun, some rob you with a fountain pen." - Woody Guthrie

      by Involuntary Exile on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:23:16 PM PST

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      •  Presumably because that (0+ / 0-)

        made it easier in the minds of new converts. I think that pretty much explains Halloween, and also the chosen date for Christmas. People were used to celebrating on those days, so placing Church holidays on them made it easier to get people to change religious practices.

        Or so most of my medieval religious studies taught anyway.

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