Think how much different (and more powerful) Christian celebrations of Easter would be if mainstream theology embraced all aspects of this ritual. This ritual—partially and selectively and without historicism—celebrates and mourns a person-deity, while manifesting erasure when it comes to the poor, unwanted, immigrant, and Black status of this person-deity, erasure manifested from and perpetuated by today’s prejudices, prejudices that illustrate an exceptional societal cognitive dissonance. Such manufactured theologies miss opportunities Christians could use to move more and more toward what Easter (truly) stands for in their traditions.
And if Womanist theologies (those by and for Black women), and other such traditions, were also embraced, Easter celebrations could be even more powerful and transformative.
Dr. Andrew Joseph Pegoda