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Author Topic: Why isn't Easter a set date like Christmas?  (Read 2039 times)

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Why isn't Easter a set date like Christmas?
« on: 13 April, 2009, 03:30:35 PM »
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It is daft.

Easter is a moveable - it can be in March or late April. Or anywhere in between.

Shouldn't it be fixed in late April when the weather isn't quite so dodgy like it has been this weekend?

Just why, if the church greybeards can happily accept Dec 25 every year as his recognised birthday, do they keep fiddling about with the date of his death day?

Who benefits? Certainly not B&B owners and ice cream sellers on the south coast.

Is there any logical answer to all this strange date changes every year?

How do they work it out aanyway?

And why do they bother changing it about all the time?

It drives me nuts.

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Re: Why isn't Easter a set date like Christmas?
« Reply #1 on: 13 April, 2009, 03:56:26 PM »
'Tis all to do with the moon apparently.
From http://www.davros.org/misc/easter.html comes "The Bible tells us that the crucifixion took place at the time of the Passover feast, with the resurrection on the following Sunday. Since the Passover is basically on the first full moon of Spring, we get a definition for Easter:

    Easter Sunday is the Sunday after the first full moon of Spring. The full moon may be on the first day of Spring (March 21st), but Easter will never be, and if the full moon is on a Sunday, Easter is on the following Sunday."

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Re: Why isn't Easter a set date like Christmas?
« Reply #2 on: 13 April, 2009, 07:16:07 PM »
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The dear old Choich obviously moves in mysterious ways!

I really appreciate your answer HH but the church greybeards' archaic reasoning is is still daft beyond all understanding.

I guess that Jesus was alsos born on some day so many days after the winter full moon multiplied by Moses's sandal size but that's not used. It isn't chuffed about with - it is Dec 25 - end of debate.

So why does everyone from the Vatican upwards still cling to this daft concept of moon phases x pi squared etc?

It makes me cross  ;)

Time for a change of approach?



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Re: Why isn't Easter a set date like Christmas?
« Reply #3 on: 13 April, 2009, 07:23:36 PM »
As a devout atheist I agree, although anything that brings about chocolate is fine by me at any time.