Celebrating Good Friday – An Oxymoron?

Historian Chris Armstrong at Grateful to the Dead gives a good reflection on Good Friday’s seemingly strange name:

I like to think the linguistic accident that made “God’s Friday” into “Good Friday” was no accident at all. It was God’s own doing—a sharp, prophetic jab at a time and a culture obsessed by happiness. In the midst of consumerism’s Western playground, Good Friday calls to a jarring halt the sacred “pursuit of happiness.” The cross reveals this pursuit for what it is: a secondary thing.


3 thoughts on “Celebrating Good Friday – An Oxymoron?

  1. Well, nice to be linked by a fellow Dukie. Thanks, Will. My wife Sharon and I look forward to a July trip this year that will take us to London (SBL), then Leeds (Medieval Congress), then Oxford (research at the Bodleian). My duties are light, so we’ll be touring–can’t wait to explore the motherland. Sharon hopes we’ll end up doing what you have done–staying there for the long haul. But right now our children are getting free college through my workplace, so that won’t happen anytime soon. . . .

  2. Thanks for commenting, Chris! Always glad to help another Dukie out! Sounds like you have quite a trip planned – some great places. I actually live not that far from Leeds, but will be moving to Kent in early August. We always need more Dukies over here, so when you and your wife and make it permanent, come on over!

  3. “Good Friday” is really good, because without it we would have no hope of eternal Salvation. Visit my listed site for thoughts and prayers on Jesus’ 7 last words from the cross.

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