Easter eggs are frowned upon by some puritan Christians because of their association with paganism.
Eggs have been a pagan symbol of fertility for millennia and the name Easter is thought by some to originate from the name Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon pagan Goddess of spring.
But now Christians want to use Easter eggs to bring their message to the masses by putting scriptures inside the eggs.
Greg Garrett, Ph.D, a professor of English at Baylor University, a Texas Christian University in the US, said
“It’s like the Testamints® (sugar-free breath mints packaged with a Scripture) at the cash registers of Christian bookstores. It’s another example of the attempt by Christians to re-create things they find in the culture and appropriate them for themselves without infringing on their faith and selling out. “In their way, they (religious-themed plastic or candy eggs) are the same thing as Christian comedy and Christian romance novels, or T-shirts that say ‘Got?’ instead of ‘Got Milk?’”
Some Christian websites offer printable scriptures for people to place inside chocolate eggs and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are being used to share ideas for spreading the gospel using Easter eggs and rabbits.
Bishops in the UK have run a three year campaign to have religious Easter eggs available in the major supermarkets and they were successful in getting eggs with packaging featuring Jesus. This was the first time depictions of Jesus had ever been shown on Easter eggs in Britain. However, sales have so far been disappointing as supermarkets have only purchased small stocks, fearing that the eggs will not be popular. The company behind the eggs, The Meaningful Chocolate Company, fear they will sell at a loss if the supermarkets don’t place bigger orders.
Greg Garrett thinks that celebrating the resurrection of the Christ is the most important factor when celebrating Easter and that it doesn’t really matter whether the eggs are religious or not.
“Some of this (sharing of ideas for Easter eggs) comes out of the theology that assumes everything is the world is fallen and evil, and this is a way to make something profane holy. There’s nothing wrong with that – it’s a way to try to claim a more Christian Easter. But celebrating Christ’s resurrection is the core of Easter, and “whether you give somebody a chocolate bunny —or a chocolate crucifix — doesn’t change that.”