In most years a large number of Christians celebrate Easter on a Sunday other than the one Protestants and Catholics recognize.
Orthodox method of calculating the date of Easter is based upon the older Julian
calendar, whereas Protestants and Catholics adopted the "modernized"
Gregorian calendar beginning in 1582. Simple math will tell you that the Orthodox
churches have the weight of tradition on their side!
There have been numerous
attempts to resolve these differences over the years. One such proposal would
be to celebrate Easter on a fixed date each year. April 15th has been proposed.
But that runs against the strongly felt tradition of celebrating Easter on a Sunday,
thus making it a "moveable feast," as it has been for nearly two thousand
years. There are other, more complicated, proposals for reconciling the dates
of Easter being considered by the World Council of Churches, but thus far no agreement
has been reached.
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and author of Faith, Science and the Future, published in 1994 by CrossCurrents Press. He is also the author of God and Science (John Knox / Westminster, 1986) which he is now rewriting to incorporate more recent developments in the conversation taking place between scientists and theologians. He has also written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The Nation, Commonweal, The Christian Century and others.