Reflections on Easter meaning

By Simon Barrow
April 7, 2007

The contested message of Easter continues to challenge both the religious and the secular imagination.

This year, Church House Bookshop has brought together a number of titles (including, I'm grateful to acknowledge, Consuming Passion) which tackle the issues in a variety of ways ( Rowan Williams' book on Resurrection remains a favourite of mine, and although I lean toward Marcus Borg rather than N. T. Wright in their interesting debate about Jesus, Tom does set out what he takes to be the traditional case with great clarity -- see also, "Jesus’ Resurrection and Christian Origins", originally published in Gregorianum, 2002 (

I set out some of my own thoughts last year in "How Easter brings regime change" (

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