Not Done In A Corner

As Mark Shea writes:

So the feast does not *derive* from paganism. And the proof of that is that the feast is not known as “Easter” in huge swaths of the world. It’s called “Pascha” (as in “Paschal Mystery”). Because the real origins of the feast are a) the Jewish Passover and b) the crucifixion, death, and resurrection which occurred on a Passover weekend roughly 2000 years ago. This happened, not once upon a time in cloud cuckoo land, the Egyptian realm of the dead, Olympus, or Valhalla, but on a physical hilltop in Judea during the reign of a Roman bureaucrat named Pontius Pilate, whose reign can be roughly dated and is attested by big stones with his name carved in them. It was an event whose rather remarkable denouement was witnessed by over 500 people at the same time, most of whom were still alive and kicking when St. Paul said to the Corinthians, “Hey! If you don’t believe me, ask them!”

As one of those witnesses once said, “These things were not done in a corner.”

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