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The Passion of Christ and his resurrection are at the heart of Christian theology. What particular doctrines stem from this singular event, and how applicable are they today? Patheos commentators reflect on the theologies and spiritualities that have developed from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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He is risen! He is risen indeed! Here we answer some of your frequently asked questions about Easter like when is Easter? How do I have a happy Easter? What makes a good Easter for children? Whether painting Easter eggs, or preparing that traditional Easter ham, family traditions and rituals enhance the Easter experience for parents and children. In our "Easter in the Home" section Patheos writers provide some of the best ways to celebrate Easter in the home and with your family. Holy Week offers a full panoply of opportunities for spiritual reflection, including thoughts on Jesus' Seven Last Words, on his prayer at Gethsemane, the Via Dolorosa and the development of the Stations of the Cross, the Maundy Thursday, Last Supper, and more. The Passion of Christ and his resurrection are at the heart of Christian theology. What special doctrines stem from this singular event, and how applicable are they today? Patheos commentators reflect on the dogmas and spiritualities of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. More than any other Christian season, Holy Week, Triduum and Easter are rich in ritual and liturgical traditions. Here Patheos writers explore these traditions to provide reflection and explanation for the practices and rites of the Easter season. The Easter tradition has a rich history that is often overlooked. Where did the tradition come from? What are its connections with the Jewish Passover? How did it absorb Pagan connections? Here Patheos writers explore the history of Easter to provide answers to these and other questions. Why did Easter become connected with things like Easter eggs, lilies, bunnies, chicks, and pink confetti? How did these symbols get caught up in the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus? Patheos writers crack open the Easter egg to provide answers to these questions. Easter is often the most moving season of the Christian year. Easter themes have inspired countless movies, books and artwork. Here Patheos writers explore how the Easter season influences our art and entertainment, reviewing the best of Easter art.

Recent Perspectives on the Theology of Easter

Did God Kill Jesus?

Did God Kill Jesus?

Deborah Arca

The way we view the crucifixion and God's posture when that happened affects everything we think about God. We can't afford to get it wrong.

Easter and the Imperfect Jesus

Easter and the Imperfect Jesus

Chuck Queen

My discovery of a Jesus who was deeply spiritual and transformational, though quite human and fallible, offered a compelling vision of hope.

Reclaiming Good Friday: Salvation without Divine Violence

Reclaiming Good Friday: Salvation without Divine Violence

Bruce Epperly

What do you do with Good Friday and the Cross when you've abandoned the divine necessity of Jesus' death?

Not the God of Human Expectation

Not the God of Human Expectation

Kenneth Tanner

It's time for us to expect a very different God to show up and do what he always does, not what we expect him to do.

More Resources

The Cross: An Expose of Human Sacrifice

The Cross: An Expose of Human Sacrifice

Suzanne Ross

At the center of Christianity is a weird claim: that we have been saved by sacrifice. And it was a gruesome sacrifice at that.

Easter, Again

Easter, Again

Marcus Borg

I sympathize with those who preach about Easter every year. You say what's important the first time, but what about the second & third times?

Without the Resurrection: An Easter Postscript

Without the Resurrection: An Easter Postscript

Mark D. Roberts

Because of the resurrection, the death of Jesus is remembered, cherished, even celebrated.

Death and Resurrection

Death and Resurrection

James Faulconer

I still don't understand this central teaching of Christianity, that Christ suffered for my sins and died on the cross for my salvation. But I believe what I do not understand.

The Crucifixion: A Tale of Two Kingdoms (Good Friday Homily, John 18:1-40)

The Crucifixion: A Tale of Two Kingdoms (Good Friday Homily, John 18:1-40)

David Henson

The crucifixion forces us to confront the upsetting, irrational, and hopeful claim that the kingdom of God comes not through swords, war horses, retribution, and the politically powerful.

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

Greg Garrett

The idea of an angry God so unwilling to forgive that he has no choice but to murder His only son causes many of us some problems.

Failing Easter

Failing Easter

Caryn Riswold

I wrote earlier this season about how I'm probably Failing Lent. I hinted there that I'd write more about my lack of enthusiasm for this season, and so here are a few words about how I'm failing Easter too.

The Cross at the Center of Our Faith

The Cross at the Center of Our Faith

Tony Jones

The question of the Crucifixion becomes even more difficult when we move away from the penal substitutionary understanding of the atonement.

Djesus Uncrossed vs. Christ Crucified

Djesus Uncrossed vs. Christ Crucified

James F. McGrath

The message of the cross is that failure while being faithful to our moral convictions is greater than a so-called success that sacrifices them.

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