Is Easter pagan in origin?

BIG Questions

It pops up repeatedly on social media this time each year.

A graphic on Facebook proclaims that “Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility.”

A meme on Twitter touts, “The real reason Easter exists: meet the Germanic goddess Eostre, her existence began with the Anglo-Saxon Pagans.”

Attempt to fact-check suchclaims via the internet, and you’ll find as many contradicting “historical facts” as you’ll find fish in the Aquarium where I work. (Even dictionaries and other purveyors of etymology can’t seem to agree on the origins of the word “Easter.”)

So didpagan cults celebrate something called “Easter” prior to Christianity?

Ultimately, the answer to that question really doesn’t matter. Because, regardless of what title we assign to this coming Sunday, the BIGGER question is this: “did the resurrection of Jesus Christ that Christians celebrate on Sunday actually happen?”

“But Matt,” a skeptic may…

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