Further thoughts of an Orthodox Brit

General collective thoughts and shares of a 28 year old British Orthodox Christian Full Deacon, under the Coptic Patriarchate. Expect to find: Orthodox News, Church Fathers Quotes, Book Reviews and the odd personal thought/post. Don't expect to find: Polemics, support for Theological divergence, support for Phyletism.

Just seen this post going around Facebook and others. I thought it is best to clear up the historical inaccuracy.1) The Early Church called this Festival Pascha (The welsh still call is Pasg) and Easter was not a name chosen by Constantine but is a later Western invention (From Anglo-Saxon and not Isthar) Most Christian communities still call it Pascha, which it would have been known as Constantine himself (Greek speaker). We can therefore conclude that he wouldn’t have even known the festival by the name Easter, which destroys this Hypothesis completely. 2) Many Theories as to the Origins of the name “Easter” exist and most scholars believe that Easter gets its name from Germanic. There is no evidence that this derives at all from Ishtar and her symbols were not eggs and rabbits but a gateway, an own and a Lion (Look at the carving behind the writing!) No reputable Scholar has put the theory of a link between her and Easter forward with supporting facts due to the clear lack of any significant link.3) The celebration existed long before Constantine Legalised Christianity. The Quatrodeciman controversy was a discussion of over the date the Celebration of this festival as the Western and Eastern Bishoprics calculated it differently. This occurred close to 200 years before Constantine. Therefore, his influence on the date of the Festival was non-existent as it had been discussed by the Church already.4) The 2nd Century Apologist Melito of Sardis wrote the famed Treatise ‘On Pascha’ to be read at the festival, which existed in the 2nd century. Again, this shows that there was an Easter before Constantine.To suggest that celebrating Easter is a ‘Constantine Pagan influence’ is to plea historical ignorance and ignore basic Christian History. All anyone needs to do is pick up a History book to see these facts.Christians have celebrated this with a the Feast of the Resurrection since the 1st Century, do not let groups like these wipe out historical fact in order to condemn their straw man version of the Apostolic Faith.

Just seen this post going around Facebook and others. I thought it is best to clear up the historical inaccuracy.

1) The Early Church called this Festival Pascha (The welsh still call is Pasg) and Easter was not a name chosen by Constantine but is a later Western invention (From Anglo-Saxon and not Isthar) Most Christian communities still call it Pascha, which it would have been known as Constantine himself (Greek speaker). We can therefore conclude that he wouldn’t have even known the festival by the name Easter, which destroys this Hypothesis completely.

2) Many Theories as to the Origins of the name “Easter” exist and m
ost scholars believe that Easter gets its name from Germanic. There is no evidence that this derives at all from Ishtar and her symbols were not eggs and rabbits but a gateway, an own and a Lion (Look at the carving behind the writing!) No reputable Scholar has put the theory of a link between her and Easter forward with supporting facts due to the clear lack of any significant link.

3) The celebration existed long before Constantine Legalised Christianity. The Quatrodeciman controversy was a discussion of over the date the Celebration of this festival as the Western and Eastern Bishoprics calculated it differently. This occurred close to 200 years before Constantine. Therefore, his influence on the date of the Festival was non-existent as it had been discussed by the Church already.

4) The 2nd Century Apologist Melito of Sardis wrote the famed Treatise ‘On Pascha’ to be read at the festival, which existed in the 2nd century. Again, this shows that there was an Easter before Constantine.

To suggest that celebrating Easter is a ‘Constantine Pagan influence’ is to plea historical ignorance and ignore basic Christian History. All anyone needs to do is pick up a History book to see these facts.

Christians have celebrated this with a the Feast of the Resurrection since the 1st Century, do not let groups like these wipe out historical fact in order to condemn their straw man version of the Apostolic Faith.

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