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Monday, April 14, 2014

Thunder Dragons

Today we spent most of the time figuring out score card logistics, but we did manage to find a few minutes to discuss where the Easter Bunny comes into play when in association to celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. Oliver stated it was likely to be some sort of pagan ritual due to the praise of an animal.

"According to the University of Florida's Center for Children's Literature and Culture, the origin of the celebration — and the origin of the Easter Bunny — can be traced back to 13th-century, pre-Christian Germany, when people worshiped several gods and goddesses. The Teutonic deity Eostra was the goddess of spring and fertility, and feasts were held in her honor on the Vernal Equinox. Her symbol was the rabbit because of the animal’s high reproduction rate."

"Bunnies, eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from pagan roots. These tropes were incorporated into the celebration of Easter separately from the Christian tradition of honoring the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead."

If traditions follow, are people celebrating more than one god? Do American's know this origin? Were you aware of these traditions origins? 



  1. I found that our discussion was quite hilarious as well as informative and slightly philosophical. The origins of the Easter Bunny were quite spot on from what Dr. Oliver said.
    I found in the reading that the study of analytical philosophy is pretty controversial and that there is a difference between Anglo-American philosophy and postmodernist philosophy in regards to analytical philosophy.

    FQ: According to Lakoff and Johnson, reason was not universal in the sense of being transcendent and was therefore not a part of what? ( the structure of the universe)
    DQ: Do you agree that analytical philosophy should be an acceptable area of philosophy... Why or why not?
    Link: Great article regarding Lakoff's book Philosophy in the Flesh.

  2. FQ: Who led the Russian revolt against idealism? Bertrand Russell

    DQ: How can mathematics be used in philosophy?

    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3m2r0Ln0rU Paul McCartney on Bertrand Russell- Anti war

  3. FQ: According to Russell, why are people drawn to religion? (They are afraid of dying)
    DQ: Does religion produce more misery than happiness?
    Link: http://www.users.drew.edu/~jlenz/whynot.html

  4. Going against, Russell's argument... There comes a point of logic. All things that exist have a creator. All things that we know of have some mark of creation. Therefore, creation didn't just always exist. There has to be a God that started all the creation. Now, who created God? Our idea of God gives us the ability to come to a conclusion and rest in the fact that He always was and is.

    FQ: What is logicism? (The view that mathematics is based off logic)
    DQ: What defines something as being true?
    Link: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/1317-bertrand-russells-teapot-argument

  5. FQ: What was Lakoff's book from 1980 called? (Metaphors We Live By)
    DQ: Can we ever actually find a real answer?
    Link: http://theliterarylink.com/metaphors.html

  6. FQ: According to Sartre, what are humans supposed to do? (They don't have a purpose)
    DQ: Do humans have a purpose?
    Link: https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/sartre/works/exist/sartre.htm