Candida Moss Debunks the ‘Christians Stole Easter From the Pagans’ Ignorance, Brilliantly

Among the rash of sensationalist stories we can expect through the season, the annual “Easter was stolen from the pagans” refrain has sprouted again just in time for Holy Week.  Don’t believe the hype.  Perhaps most misinformed theory that rolls around the Internet this time of year is that Easter was originally a celebration of the ancient Near Eastern fertility goddess Ishtar.

This idea is grounded in the shared concept of new life and similar-sounding words Easter/Ishtar. There’s no linguistic connection, however. Ishtar is Akkadian and Easter is likely to be Anglo-Saxon.  Just because words in different languages sound the same doesn’t mean they are related. In Swedish, the word “kiss” means urine.

Etc.  It’s stuff like this- brilliant stuff expressed superbly – which makes me enjoy CM so much.

6 thoughts on “Candida Moss Debunks the ‘Christians Stole Easter From the Pagans’ Ignorance, Brilliantly

  1. Candida Moss 17 Apr 2014 at 12:31 pm



  2. Linda V 17 Apr 2014 at 9:32 pm

    And in Hindi hug means excrement


    • Jim 17 Apr 2014 at 9:52 pm

      now that’s useful information. as i view hugs as excremental.

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  3. Aaron Macks 20 Apr 2014 at 2:53 pm

    With all respect to Dr. Moss, but she’s argued against something different then the standard “Easter is Pagan” trope that I’ve seen across the internet. The claim is usually that Easter is of the same cloth as Eoaster, a pre-Christian Anglo-Saxon Spring goddess, who’s even got a story involving bunnies. That would give it a much more convincing linguistic connection then an Akkadian goddess. Even Snopes debunked that one…


  4. Brandon Adams 17 Apr 2019 at 1:21 pm

    The Czech word for “fact” is fakt, but with a long a. It sounds like…yep you guessed it.


    • Jim 17 Apr 2019 at 1:27 pm



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