Easter, the Archbishop and the footie

By Press Office
April 7, 2009

Writing for the Guardian's Comment is Free, Ekklesia's co-director Jonathan Bartley said:

"The broadside from the new Archbishop of Westminster against the heads of the Premier League and Setanta Sports for showing 'disdain' for the religious traditions of Britain by holding football matches on Easter Day stands in stark contrast the original understanding of the festival.

"Easter means freedom rather than control. At least that was the way that it started out."

You can read the whole article here:

Ekklesia's Simon Barrow has also written about how a different Christian response can be made in 'Off on the wrong foot(ball) for Easter' - http://ekklesia.co.uk/node/9170

See also Ekklesia's book: 'Consuming Passion - Why the killing of Jesus Really Matters' (DLT, 2006) which looks at Christian ideas of Easter

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