See, like, I don't care about any of that anymore. It was interesting the first time I heard historical perspectives on various Biblical events. Borg, Crossan, did a good job demystifying certain things to get people to understand the circumstances of the time. But we are in this time. We have s**t to do. It's a lot like that time - and it's also not. But so what? The point is to change. Jesus points out that time is timeless and the same s**t always happens and the only way to change it is to love one another. That's it. That's the whole message. And we need to break out of homeostasis to do that. The church is homeostatic. I'm tired of hearing the same stuff, the liturgy and "here's a bit of history about the culture of ancient Rome I bet you didn't know" - every weekend. And I probably heard it already and wasn't too fussed that I forgot - now is a good time to break out of that into something different. Jesus gave himself over to a violent death so that one day we'd figure it out and stop talking about - or being even distantly complicit in - violent death. I don't want to talk about him the way the church has been doing, anymore. He gave us the gift of timeless perspective on injustice and what to do to change the world. Maybe we should let it be. Stop rehashing it. We have stuff to do. Hallelujah!I completely agree with you about Christmas. Clearly an attempt to co-opt a very popular and convenient holiday in the 'natural' cycle - the "return of the Sun".
But, if you are taking the Easter holiday, as a non-realistic date, you've got something of a problem with a whole bunch of textual facts in the New Testament. The week of Jesus' death was clearly "around" the Passover celebration. And that's a moving holiday in the Jewish calendar, which is why it's the only moving holiday in the Christian calendar (not quite true; Pentecost Sunday is always 7 weeks later; other than those two, we have more or less weeks of "ordinary time" between fixed dates). We (Christians) could definitely have determined the actual date, but chose not to. It indicates a lasting link with Judaism which I personally rather like.