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Easter date hides its pagan origins

Published 19/01/2016

While the Archbishop of Canterbury has justified his wish to agree a universally acceptable date for the celebration of Easter on the grounds of simplicity, it is noticeable that, as a consequence of this, the moon and the vernal equinox will be dropped from the reckoning.

It is understandable that a definite agreed date would have its appeal; however, this proposal may conceal an age-old desire on the part of the Church to distance itself from its pagan roots in astrotheology and paganism.

JAMES A McKENNA

Belfast

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