Happy Easter

…to all of my Christian followers.

And on that note, jeez, NPR, I don’t even believe in God, but I’m not this clueless about the meaning of the day.

[Update a while later]

Related thoughts from Rod Dreher:

If we can’t count on leading journalists to understand the most basic facts about Christian practice and belief, how on earth can we trust them to report fairly and accurately about something as complicated as Christian sexual teaching? How can they trust themselves? How can they even begin to understand why we believe what we believe on all kinds of issues?

The rock band Van Halen was famous for putting a rider in their contracts requiring that a bowl of M&Ms be backstage for them, and that there be no brown M&Ms in the bowl. It sounds like typical rock star vanity, but there was actually a good reason for it. The band had this provision buried in their contract as a trick to see if the local crews assisting the band had actually read the contract. In a similar way, minor mistakes like these are the brown M&Ms of journalism about religion. They reveal a fundamental carelessness that might have more serious consequences.

The “brown M&Ms of journalism” is an interesting metaphor on a couple levels.

7 thoughts on “Happy Easter”

  1. In the interests of having at least one comment here actually be on-topic, I’ll offer the following:

    If the establishment media are that ignorant of the basics of Christian belief – Christianity being very much the majority religion in the nation where these clueless newsies are based – then how much more abysmally ignorant of non-Christian religions must these same folks be? Perhaps they all actually believe that Islam is “The Religion of Peace,” for example. Might be interesting to polygraph a random sample to find out.

  2. C’mon, give the fine folks at NPR as much space as we gave the Early Christians, given all of the confusion regarding who Christ really was and what had taken place on Easter, to get this right. In year 325 they wrote https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed

    “παθόντα, καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ, καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανούς”

    which Google Translate renders as

    “and third-party deaths, and to the detriment of the”

    As far as Modern Christians, Easter is not simply a single day, today where we commemorate the Empty Tomb, but a period of weeks chronicling Christ’s appearances to the disciples until a final appearance, after which they were on their own, concluding with Pentecost, a Jewish agricultural festival, when the disciples of Christ who had been cowering in fear behind locked doors gained the courage to look persecution and even death in the face and share what they knew.

    Thank you Rand for your heartfelt sentiment.

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