Happy Easter

April 16, 2017

Christians often get a raw deal on social media, at least in my networks. Some folk who’ll go to great lengths to justify Daesh murderers and nonces, or to explain that such extremists have got nothing to do with Islam, are happy to judge Christianity by the actions of murderers, nonces and Bible-belt nutjobs. Others will wish the world Happy Eid or Diwali, whilst revisioning Easter as a corruption of Ostara or even Inanna. The persecution of Christian minorities in many countries passes almost unnoticed and unmourned.

Perhaps it’s understandable, given that many us, especially those as old as Crow, were subjected to varying degrees of Christian indoctrination, that we should project our shadow-selves onto their external representation. I rejected Christianity when I was 15, appalled by its hypocrisy, dogmatism, intolerance and all the myriad abuses perpetuated in the name of Christ.

Over the next 50-odd years – informed by reading Blake and the Gnostics, the meeting of Christians and Pagans in the work at Crossbones, my personal experiences of Divine Love and participation in Santo Daime and other syncretic Christo-animist traditions – my attitude became more nuanced. I learned to read the Bible – not as absolute or literal, but as poetic truth – and to see that the heart of Christ’s teaching is love, compassion, forgiveness and ‘doing unto others’ as you’d wish to be done by them.

The conservative social attitudes of the church – to gay priests and women – are slowly changing, and even its theology is not so set in stone. When The Southwark Mysteries was performed in Southwark Cathedral on Easter Sunday 2000, many fundamentalists were outraged and even the Dean was concerned by its references to God as feminine. When the play was revived in 2010, no-one even remarked on this.

I’ve been blessed to meet many Christians who, without show or fuss, have devoted themselves to healing broken lives and to making this world a better place. You can even have a good laugh with some of them!



Mary Magdalene ‘supposing him to be the gardener…’

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