Magazine article The Christian Century

The Tide of Easter. (from the Editor/publisher)

Magazine article The Christian Century

The Tide of Easter. (from the Editor/publisher)

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THIS ISSUE contains an important article on a region unfamiliar to many of us--the turbulent Muslim countries of central Asia that border Afghanistan--and two thoughtful essays on topics theological types often avoid--market economics and the practices of American corporations. All of the articles serve as reminders of the complex challenges and dangers before us.

The immediate future, for Christians at least, is characterized by the traditional liturgical designation "Eastertide." My Presbyterian calendar dropped the "tide" and simply calls the season Easter.

I miss "Eastertide." Somehow the term seems more festive, and it also makes Easter seem less like a day on the calendar and more like the start of a movement by which we are swept into the future.

As I do my own worrying about recent examples of corporate irresponsibility, and the way the culture in which we live seems to have been subsumed by the market, I like the reminder that it is Eastertide and that there will be another dynamic operative in the future, namely hope.

Some of the earliest versions of the Easter story end abruptly: "They fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. …

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