Sunday, March 31, 2013

César Chavez and the Hinge of Human History

Good call, Google! Good call.
Happy 86th Birthday of César Chavez! To be inclusive to a small minority out there, I'd also like to give a small mention to the event that is the hinge of all of human history: the resurrection of Jesus the Christ, also know as "Easter." You didn't even know it was Easter today, you say? Well, that's understandable considering all the preparations you must have been making to celebrate the 86th Birthday of César Chavez.

I respond to Google's decision with sarcasm because it makes me laugh. It is absurd. For hundreds of years, theologians and historians have regarded the life of Christ as the single-most-significant event of human history. A case for this could be made on both religious and secular grounds. Google could have simply ignored Easter but I tend to agree with Rod Dreher (see below) that this was an intentional insult. But, again, I laugh at their attempt.

For those who appreciate the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ I've included an excerpt from Tom Schreiner's book New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ which highlight's the "hinge of history" perspective.

"Although a crucified Messiah was a contradiction in terms for the Jews, in Athens it was Paul's preaching of the resurrection that brought derision (Acts 17:31-32). Paul claimed again and again, while he was under arrest and examination for criminal actions in Jerusalem and Caesarea, that the only cause for his arrest and criminal indictment was his belief in the resurrection (Acts 23:6; 24:15, 21; 25:19; 26:6, 8, 22-23). When Paul was examined by the Sanhedrin, his affirmation of the resurrection threw the council into a dither, and the Pharisees and Sadducees began to debate the legitimacy of the resurrection (Acts 23:6-10). Paul protested before Festus and Agrippa that he stood trial simply for the fulfillment of the Pharasaic hope that there would be a resurrection (Acts 26:4-8). Resurrection is a promise of the age to come, and Jesus Christ's resurrection represent the hinge of history. The age to come in Jewish thought, as we have seen often in this book, commences with the resurrection. Hence, Jesus' resurrection signaled that the new age has come. God's saving promises are being realized." (emphasis mine)
Schreiner, Thomas R. New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008: 292.

- Read New Testament Theology: Magnifying God in Christ online here (thanks to the mighty Google, of course).

- Taking a more serious, non-sarcastic approach is Matthew Schmitz's Why It's Fitting to Remember Cesar Chavez on Easter Sunday at, which I highly recommend. Recognizing César Chavez's birthday rather than Easter Sunday is still absurd, however, no matter one's religion, non-religion, or anti-religion.

- Also: The Pascal of César Chavez by Rod Dreher. "Google could have ignored Easter, and nobody would have noticed. But choosing to observe something other than Easter on Easter Sunday is deliberate. It’s a small thing, of course, but this kind of thing, accumulated, signals an intentional de-Christianization of our culture, and the creation of an intentional hostility to Christianity that will eventually cease to be latent, or minor. It cannot have been an accident that Google decided to honor a relatively obscure cultural figure instead of observing the most important Christian holiday, a day of enormous importance to an overwhelming number of people in the United States, and to an enormous number of people around the world."

- You might also enjoy the video: William Lane Craig @ RISE: Evidence for the Resurrection

[Original post lightly edited in order to interact with Rod Dreher's and Matthew Schmitz's posts which I read after my initial post.]

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