For a religion that professes to be all about love and forgiveness, it can appear mightily confusing to an outsider that the central event of Christianity, Easter, is a commemoration of a violent death (and, of course, controversially, a resurrection).
It is a confusion illustrated by the fact that the symbol of Christianity is the Roman form of torture used that day in Palestine, the cross. We live in an age when we prefer our violence on celluloid. We expect plenty of violence from Hollywood but what kind of religion puts violence at its heart?
The point about Easter is not so much the violence as the sacrifice.… Seguir leyendo »