I’m an atheist that likes Easter

There are a multitude of things I find deplorable about the major religions of the world, and because I often attempt to point out those sort of things people sometimes assume that I detest every single thing from religion. I’m reminded of this because Easter is approaching and it calls to mind a conversation I had with my mom a few years ago. Around that time, I was becoming more vocal about being an atheist and had told her I was writing a blog related to atheism. She considers herself a Christian but isn’t too hardcore about it (check out this older post, https://atheistnerdgirl.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/christian-mother/) and has never really had a problem with me and my brother being atheists. I’m really grateful for that because sometimes parents aren’t so understanding about their children not embracing their religion. I know people who have family that are very upset with them for their non-belief and people who are afraid to tell their family they don’t believe.

So with as understanding my mom has been, I was shocked a few weeks before Easter when I was spending time with her and she asked me, “You don’t want to do anything for Easter do you?”

I laughed and answered, “Why would you ask me that? I want to do something for Easter.”

She told me she only thought to ask because of the militant atheist thing, that I might not want to celebrate Easter anymore because of it. I understood where she was coming from but that sort of thing hadn’t crossed my mind before she mentioned it. We started going to church less and less in my teens until we eventually stopped going and my parents explained to us that they could just believe in their own way instead of having to be a part of a church. There were some points where we would try to go for the holiday services at least but my parents eventually gave up on that too. The religious aspects of Christmas and Easter were never a big focus in our household, the things I enjoyed about them like spending time with loved ones and having a big traditional holiday meal don’t need an ounce of religiosity. Having gatherings around the winter solstice and the start of spring were never exclusive to Christianity and were done by various cultures far before them. I also think it’s pretty common knowledge by now that bunnies and eggs have nothing to do with the bible and were passed down from pagan traditions. I explained all this to her and reiterated that I want to do something for Easter, not believing in Jesus wasn’t going to stop me from enjoying a ham dinner and a bunch of candy with my family.

I find something beautiful about the fact that humans have been taking a moment around the start of every spring to gather and celebrate together since the beginning of civilization. Traditions and beliefs centered around this time of the year have varied and changed a lot, but I just find that to be another wonderful aspect of it. People often act like traditions and beliefs are set in stone and not to be questioned, one of the fathers of sociology, Emile Durkheim would have referred to this as “the sacred”. But I think when we look at the grander scale of humanity and how much traditions and beliefs have changed and varied, it’s easier to see the traditions and beliefs of one’s own culture as not so set in stone. As we form our own beliefs, we can form our own traditions.

So back to what I said at the start of this, of course there are some good aspects of religion. Holidays are a great example of that, but I think we can do without having to believe in myths to enjoy them. Personally I look at Easter as a time to take a moment to appreciate the beautiful world around me and an excuse to eat a lot with my loved ones. I also like to watch Life of Brian every Easter, there’s far less Easter movies than Christmas movies, but I consider it to be the best movies for the holiday. I may even dye some eggs this year.

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15 thoughts on “I’m an atheist that likes Easter

  1. The Love of Tradition. Great article. “As we form our own beliefs, we can form our own traditions” I would point out the word can. Traditions require procreation and religion never had anything to do with procreation. The real mith is the concept of religion itself. your eyes are striking also 🙂

  2. Tradition trumps religion every time! A friend convinced me to try pysanka yesterday for the first time, which is the bigger (Ukrainian) brother of egg dying. Lots of fun, and the results were beautiful! It’s her family’s tradition, not founded in religion. They do it because they love getting together and creating art. That sounds fucking magical enough to me without needing to bring space Jesus into it.

  3. “…not believing in Jesus wasn’t going to stop me from enjoying a ham dinner and a bunch of candy…”

    One of the best things that I have ever read!

  4. Reblogged this on Scotties Toy Box and commented:
    I think this is well said. I am an atheist, I do not believe in the bible nor in the myths of the Christian God. If others do and it helps them deal in life, fine as long as they don’t force it on others. I do love holidays. Not for religious reasons, as the author here says so well, but as it is a time to get with loved ones, and to eat wonderful food, and have great fun,and do happy stuff. This day has been wonderful so far and we did not have to worry about going to church, nor worrying about a zombie religious guy rising from the dead. What we are doing is having a wonderful day. Thanks and hugs

  5. The two hunters, a man and woman, thrust aside the thick hide that covered the entrance to the tribal shaman’s shelter to enter. The shaman was on the other side and beckoned to them with an excited grin, half dancing over to his scrying bowl with surprising energy and agility for his age.
    The two, life-mates and hunting partners, moved easily together as they negotiated the crude benches and stands covered with skulls, bones, symbols and stranger things that decorated the shaman’s shelter.
    The three looked down into the bowl, the murky liquid within clearing quickly as the shaman whispered, “Thousands of years …”, the two hunters looked up at him curiously and he added, “thousands of years … in the future.”
    Knowing that the shaman was always so excited around this time of year, so close to the Spring Equinox , they humoured him and looked back down at the clear liquid.
    A picture, a scene, a gathering of people took form upon the surface of the water.
    The image sharpened and it was a colourful gathering, many people. So much, the clothes they wore, the nature of the room they were in and the items around them were strange, very curious things. But symbols of fertility, rabbits and eggs, were common, pictured on walls and lying on tables. The people, clothing and styles so strange, were acting in a very familiar manner. They smiled, laughed, raised jugs of beer and mead and other things in toast of celebration. Young and old, men and women, they celebrated and wore such big beautiful smiles.
    As the shaman began chanting softly, each of the hunters moved hands to hold between them and their faces split into equally beautiful smiles. In that moment they knew that the seasonal rituals so important and enjoyable to them and their people, were still observed and enjoyed by the folk of the distant future.

  6. I was raised Lutheran from Kindergarten to 8th grade when I was confirmed into the church. As soon as I graduated and went to high school, I never went to church again. I guess I really never had my heart into religion. The idea seems silly to me. Now what I wont do is mock religious people. Some of the greatest people Ive had in my life were religious and I dont think it makes people fools. Its a personal choice and one I make only for myself.

  7. hi,
    I used to be an atheist
    but for quite some time
    I’m confused and amazed
    because I feel you’re indeed one of the most convincing arguments for God’s existence

    sorry
    I don’t want to believe

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  9. You’ve put into words some of what I’ve thought for years about observing Christian traditions without actually believing the theology behind them. I hope you’ll write more. Also, you make a wonderful Easter Bunny.

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