No, Easter Is Not Derived From an Ancient Pagan Holiday

This myth seems to serve no purpose other than undermining Christianity

Photo by Pavel Ševela / Wikimedia Commons

Is Easter derived from an ancient pagan holiday? In a word, no — but the myth persists.

Maybe you’ve seen the eyebrow-raising claims on the Internet or elsewhere in the media: rather than celebrating Jesus’ resurrection from…

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Ashley Herzog

Ashley Herzog

New account. I’m still a professional journalist, novelist, and radio host. And Catherine’s mom.