Very Brief Thoughts: Easter and Theology

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

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  1. Great image idea. Just saw in the news recently that some researchers just released news of what they considered what Jesus probably looked like, based on populations who lived in his area. He would have looked a lot like Syrians do today, fairly dark, with dark curly hair, including a short beard. The pictures of Jesus today come from the Renaissance, from regions with predominantly white people, with men having long, wavy hair and no beard. When you consider the theology involved at the time of Jesus, most of the Christian church beliefs come from that era, and not the Renaissance after enormous reorganization and declarations of 3 gods as 1 god. After all, his followers were still Jews, with Jewish beliefs and practices, with pretty much only two differences. Women were very much involved with the practices of this new religion, possibly dominating the early Church, and they did not have a central temple. It was very much a community church.

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  2. Thank you, Dr. Pegoda for that link. That was a very interesting article. A lot of the stuff I had heard about over the years. The link with Borgia was something new for me, but his point about the fact that every Christian wants Jesus to look like his/her own race and culture has been written about long ago, starting with explaining Paul and his mission to the pagans having him think of Jesus as a god when no other early Christian did. After all, these missionaries have to market their subject somehow and some of the themes worked in one area but not in another.

    Speaking to that, there are many Christians around here who would be utterly disgusted with the Borgia analogy.

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  3. Powerful image. Of course, Jesus was NOT white. He was very dark and looked like his ethnic background(s). He also “looked” like his Heavenly Father in His actions and gestures.

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