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Holy Week matters for non-religious people too

These may be increasingly secular and polarized times, but that doesn’t eliminate the need to deal with foundational questions and concepts as we live alongside each other. You don’t have to believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ to try to understand why some do, what the “good” in “Good Friday” actually represents, and how concepts like justice, grace, and forgiveness gain meaning from Easter.

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A. Chezzi

If Christianity matters, it doesn’t show in the way we do politics in this country. If Christianity matters, why is there homelessness? If Christianity matters, why is health care and its extensions such as dental care and pharmacare disputed? If Christianity matters, why is there a gap between the rich and the poor? If Christianity matters, why is there discrimination against gays, bigendered, transgendered, Muslims, Jews? If Christianity matters, the message of love which Jesus preached and lived would change our society radically but we pick and choose what we want to believe. The hard message of Jesus is one which we choose to leave behind. Often we misquote and misinterpret what Jesus said and did to suit our purposes. If Christianity mattered, Canada would be a very different country.

29th March 2024 at 9:13 am

Christianity matters a lot in U.S. politics, and yet there are fewer social programs than in Canada. Countries with less poverty and homelessness (Scandinavian) tend to have a more secular population.

So, fortunately, charity can be found in all people, atheists, muslims, buddhists, christians, etc. Do not confound christianity and charity.

29th March 2024 at 12:26 pm
Michael F

I find it a little sad and disturbing that 36% of Canadians believe the bible in a literal sense. The bible is a collection of fables and stories. It is a relic from a bygone era and nothing else. And importantly not all of the old fables and stories are in the bible, only ones that suited the early leaders of the church as they consolidated power.

29th March 2024 at 12:50 pm

you can continue to believe in your fable as you miss the point of the stories and fables which provide a road map on how we can succeed in life and find solace in dark times that there is a light or reason to carry on

31st March 2024 at 12:16 pm
Paul Attics

// Logically, God must be real enough to around 70 percent of us that we at least try to talk to him.//
Praying is a powerful form of self-talk, level setting, and therapy. The act itself is valuable and its practice does not logically indicate a specific belief in an all-powerful being watching over us.

// It’s pretty clear there are religious muscles in most of our bodies,…//
Is it clear? Humans have a powerful desire for structure, purpose, and answers to unanswerable questions. Up until recently, it was the only technology that could provide these things, particularly across a large group of humans. No longer.

//All faiths are seeing increased hostility.//
It would be relevant to note the degree that such hostility comes from those believers from another religion or sect.

Religion is a tremendously powerful social technology that has continued to evolve since its inception. Across human history post-religion, the details (rituals, costumes, god-like figures, stories, rules, dogma, answers) are irrelevant as they change as religions come and go, fading out, splitting, and changing over time. As a technology, it can be used for good or bad. The important and good part of religion is the cohesive force for defining, and leading, moral lives for individuals, families, and whole societies. It continues to do this today. Of course, there is the nightmarish side of religion that has resulted in most of the untold suffering of humans throughout history, both the individual, family, and societal level. It has also resulted in the trite exploitation of humans by unscrupulous religious leaders that wield their power for petty personal gain (including private jets).

Religion will almost certainly continue to be a powerful force in human societies, but we have other technologies that allow us to increasingly mitigate its destructive aspects while maintaining the positive.

Real faith for the individual is a gift. For those that find themselves currently among the Christian practices, I hope your Easter provides you additional comfort, meaning, and fellowship this weekend.

29th March 2024 at 9:03 am

Thank you for the well written response

31st March 2024 at 12:17 pm

We need to tolerate religious beliefs but do not need to subsidize it. no more charitable status donations.

29th March 2024 at 1:08 pm
Kim Morton

All through the ages, god, in whatever flavour of the moment, is a myth. Mostly used by those in power to keep the peasants poor, ignorant, and under control. There are no doubt other life forms in the universe that are far more advanced than us, and may even have been the basis for the first believers.

29th March 2024 at 10:56 am
Neil Beesley

All extremely valid points!!!

Perhaps their message might have been that much stronger and more interesting had the captions on the accompanying images been more accurate: the man in the first image is carrying a cross, NOT a crucifix, and the hands in the second image are holding a rosary or “prayer beads” and NOT a cross!!! As Jack Reacher always says: “Accuracy matters!!!”.

29th March 2024 at 11:04 am
richard webber

Sir: I humbly request that you send this most excellent summary to the PMO and multiple copies to all liberal and NDP MP’s.
Your overtaxed Canadian

31st March 2024 at 11:23 pm
richard webber

my apologies I posted to the wrong thread. I will now rot in hell. Happy Easter. I am an idiot.

31st March 2024 at 11:25 pm
Xiaoming Guo

Jesus was born in Asia. He lived in Asia and died in Asia. So Jesus is Asian. Because Jesus is God himself, so God is also Asian. God created the universe from the Foundation Stone, located in the Doom of the Rock, in Jerusalem, Asia. Jesus was crucified on Good Friday and resurrected on the following Sunday, just as Asia was suppressed in the last few centuries, and rising again today.

29th March 2024 at 10:35 am
Paul Attics

Is the claim that a significant historical figure, that may or may not have been a single individual, lived on the edge of an arbitrary section of the 30% of the earth’s landmass that is currently called “Asia”, in English at least, means that a mythical supreme being known as God self-identifies as “Asian”, and as an extension, is recently partial to the prosperity of people that happened to be born in this region?…

29th March 2024 at 11:04 am