Is Easter actually a pagan celebration appropriated by Christians? There’s a lot of debate about that idea, but there’s an undeniable fact that just as the Christmas holiday is clearly expropriated from the pagan winter solstice celebrations, it does make sense that the same would occur in the spring, which was a time of renewal for ancient peoples. The celebration of the renewal of a god, may have been a way to move the populace away from their spring fertility feasts, to the more sardonic dead man rising from the grave worship.
Is the Easter story true? Think about it for a moment because it’s the basis of a religion that claims 1.8 billion adherents around the world. Of course all we have to base the claim upon are stories written by unknown authors, long after the supposed event occurred. Yet for two millennia, people have recited this story as fact. What should any of us take from this? Should it be that we accept the story as true simply because it has survived for so long or may we question it, because those that wrote about it were not actual witnesses?