The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Fussy about Easter

While most Americans describe Easter as a religious holiday, less than half of U.S. adults surveyed link it specifically to Jesus' resurrection, a Barna Group study shows.

Seven in 10 respondents mentioned religion or spirituality when answering an open-ended question about what Easter means to them.

Just 42 percent tied Easter to the resurrection. Other than the day Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead, respondents described Easter as "a Christian holiday, a celebration of God or Jesus, a celebration of Passover, a holy day" or a special day to attend church, researchers said.


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