Earnest, God-fearing Christians rightly wish to avoid being associated with pagan religious rites. They want their worship and lives to glorify God. One of the issues that comes around yearly is the question, “What about Easter? Doesn’t the name have pagan roots, and aren’t those eggs related to some fertility rites?” Setting aside that our culture tends to subsume Christian activity and words and Biblically or religiously significant dates (birth of Christ, resurrection of Christ), the question is, “What about the word Easter and what about the eggs? Pagan or not?”
The fact is that skeptics and pagans have a strong, sinful incentive and presuppositional bias to try to explain away God-originated anything!
Sincere but credulous and naive Christians often fall prey to this pseudo historical research.
Sincere but credulous and naive Christians often fall prey to this pseudo historical research. The moralistic impulse to separate from all things “pagan” begins to carry its own momentum in church circles. Soon the new, very wrong narrative becomes “the truth about Easter” (or fill in another holiday). Adherence to this “truth” becomes a test of greater maturity and purity. Sigh!
The word Easter means Resurrection. To say, “Happy Easter” is to say, “Happy Resurrection Day”
Here are several excellent articles that overthrow the poorly researched claim that “Easter” is pagan and that the eggs are as well. Don’t let the current culture’s confusion about bunnies and baby chicks and lack of knowledge about the history/etymology of words and the use of eggs confuse you. The word Easter means Resurrection. To say, “Happy Easter” is to say, “Happy Resurrection Day”… and the eggs. The eggs are from the Passover/Seder.
- Why we should not Passover Easter
- Is the Name “Easter” of Pagan Origin? Misconception: “The church borrowed the name Easter from pagans”. Answers in Genesis
- Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies… Easter, Eggs, and Nowruz
- Heaven forbid we call it Easter, Randy White