Jesus in the public square


It seems that Easter is still a time we can communicate about Jesus in mainstream media. Here are four pieces that tackle different subject-matter but each finds a way to make Jesus intriguing in a sceptical world.

1. 'This Easter, let's contemplate the meaning of hope', by Simon Smart in The Guardian

In a universe where tragedy seems to strike randomly, the Easter message brings hope. "How do we make sense of our existence and our lives that, despite all out striving, our dreams, our anxieties and small triumphs, all end in the same place? … The contemporary responses to this lack are many and varied – but they all represent a way to try to deal with the reality of the human problem – the need for meaning and purpose, for my life to matter and to be able to hang on to hope."

2. 'Greed is the market's forgotten vice', by Ross Gittins in the Fairfax papers

"Literally, mammon means wealth or possessions, but it could just as easily be taken as the biblical word for the economy. And if greed is a religion, that makes it a form of the greatest of all sins: idolatry. (First Commandment: you shall have no other gods before me.) … But if we don't want to be greedy, what should we be? Contented."

3. 'Top 10 tips for atheists this Easter', by John Dickson on ABC's The Drum

"In the interests of a more robust debate this Easter, I want to offer my tips for atheists wanting to make a dent in the Faith. I've got some advice on arguments that should be dropped and some admissions about where Christians are vulnerable."

4. 'Eliminating the Impossible: Can a Scientist believe the Resurrection?', by John Lennox on ABC's Religion and Ethics

"To suppose, then, that Christianity was born in a pre-scientific, credulous and ignorant world is simply false to the facts. The ancient world knew the law of nature as well as we do, that dead bodies do not get up out of graves. Christianity won its way by dint of the sheer weight of evidence that one man had actually risen from the dead."