(SMH) Peter Craven—Believers or not, we should keep alive the story of Easter

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Does anyone really want their children to be without a knowledge of that heritage? Think of the thief on the cross next to Jesus who asks him to remember him when he comes into his kingdom and how Jesus says to him tonight he will be with him in paradise.

Some stories are true because of the depth of life they contain. We should keep alive the story of Easter if we want our children to understand what's going on in much of the greatest painting we have. It's necessary if they are to realise why the words led to the music in Bach's St Matthew Passion, one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. Or even to cotton on to the poignancy of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Mary Magdalene song in Jesus Christ Superstar, I Don't Know How To Love Him.

No one has ever known what to do with Easter or with the Bible that shaped every straight and crooked step our civilisation has taken. How does the story go? The light shone in the darkness, but the darkness could not comprehend it.

Read it all.

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