Comments: Easter Day at Canterbury

"To find Easter, look for the Golden Number of the year in the first Column of the table, against which stands the day of the Paschal Full Moon; then look in the third column for the Sunday Letter, next after the date of the Full Moon, and the day of the month standing against that Sunday Letter is Easter Day . . . . To find the Golden Number, or Prime, add one to the Year of our Lord, and then divide by 19; the remainder, if any, is the Golden Number; but if nothing remaineth, then 19 is the Golden Number. . . . To find the Sunday Letter, add to the Year of our Lord its fourth part, omitting fractions; and also the number 6; divide the sum by 7; and if there is no remainder, then A is the Sunday Letter . . . " (Book of Common Prayer / N T Wright).

Who said religion was irrational?

Posted by Hugh of Lincoln at Monday, 24 March 2008 at 12:37am GMT

At last an Easter sermon that does not fly away from the nub of the feast but plunges right in; and that goes to the heart of the faith-claim rather than being bogged down in the credibility of the mostly symbolic gospel narratives.

This is good: "That is why the effort to keep death daily before us is a source of life and hope. It is to commend ourselves every day into God's hands, trusting that he is eternally a loving creator, in whom there is no darkness at all, as the New Testament says. (I John 1.5) And when we let ourselves go into God's hands, we do so confident that he is free to do what he wills with us - and that what he wills for us is life. The Easter story is not about how Jesus survived death or how the spirit of Jesus outlasted his mortal frame or whatever; it is about a person going down into darkness and the dissolving of all things and being called again out of that nothingness. Easter Day, as so many have said, is the first day of creation all over again - or, as some have put it, the eighth day of the week, the unimaginable extra that is assured by the fact that God's creative word is never stifled or silenced."

Posted by Spirit of Vatican II at Monday, 24 March 2008 at 6:02am GMT

Thus the scapegoat mechanism is exposed for what it is - an arbitrary release of tension that makes no difference to the underlying problem. And if you want to address the underlying problem, perhaps you should start listening to the victim.

Rowan Williams, meet Gene Robinson....

Posted by Wormwood's Doxy at Monday, 24 March 2008 at 11:53am GMT


First Sunday after the First full moon after the Vernal equinox. Now that makes sense! (?) Suppose somebody was tired of a calendar based upon new moon phases?

Posted by choirboyfromhell at Monday, 24 March 2008 at 1:03pm GMT

Well if Canterbury doesn't get roundly attacked verbally by the Anglican right wing believers for mentioning some other view of Jesus' death/resurrection besides their fav penal sub atonement ones, the silence will be deafening.

I have not yet been able to quite square how Rowan Williams who is well read enough to be familiar with Girard's thinking can still be so paralyzed when faced with obvious bits of global Anglican believer scapegoating, such as we see in the going conservative Anglican realignment upsets about the three hot buttons which are supposed to divide us eternally and damnationally -i.e, about progressive believer views, about women and about queer folks in particular.

Posted by drdanfee at Monday, 24 March 2008 at 2:55pm GMT

Anyone noticed the fundamental differences between the Easter sermon of Rowan Williams and the Easter message of Peter Jensen?

Posted by Pluralist at Monday, 24 March 2008 at 7:13pm GMT

"When we look at death, we look at something that can destroy anything in our universe - but not God, its maker and redeemer. And if we accept that we shall die and all our hopes and schemes fall into the dark, we do so knowing that God is unchanged. So to die is to fall into the hands of the living God."


So, if Rowan really believes in the living God that is master of ALL Creation (even death and darkness), then why doesn't he put his actions where his mouth is and invite the only one uninvited bishiop from New Hampshire?

Or does Rowan advocate against scapgoating from the pulpit and then return to his office and dispute everything he teaches by his own conduct and choices? How does that make him any better than Pontious Pilate who knew what was being done to Jesus was wrong but allowed the corrupt priests to manipulate the masses to kill an innocent soul. But Rowan is worse that Pilate, because at least Pilate let one sinner go free.

Posted by Cheryl Va. at Monday, 24 March 2008 at 7:51pm GMT
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