Good Friday

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Flickr, woodleywonderworks

Kid and planet

For the first time since we started celebrating Earth Day, it happens to also fall on Good Friday.

That doesn’t necessarily mean anything more than a coincidence of the calendar. But then again, it’s kind of interesting to compare and contrast the two observances.

Flickr, St Mary

Christ and the disciples, arboreal

One is a fairly recent celebration intended to raise awareness of our planet and our place in the ecosystem. The other is an ancient holiday (literally, a holy day) intended to raise awareness of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the promise of spiritual rebirth.

Some will see this as a conflict of two world views, secular vs. religious. Others will find common ground. Here are a few:

The Christian Century — Christians reflect on Earth Day Good Friday Concurrence

Atlanta Journal Constitution — A Providential Convergence

CNN — A Spokane Presbyterian’s Perspective

NewsBusters — Google celebrates Earth, ignores Jesus

Center for American Progress — Faith-based wake-up call on Earth Day