I’m no Christian, nor even a theist, but the Christ mythos, particularly as expressed in artistic forms, can touch me deeply. Also, my girlfriend’s sister was baptized as a Catholic last night, so I’ll try to keep the sacrilege to a minimum today.
I was looking through my music to find an appropriate song for Easter Sunday, and I realized that there are a ton (in my collection, at least) of great songs about the crucifixion, but almost none about the resurrection. Something about the human condition dictates that our imagination is ignited a great deal more by Christ’s suffering and death than his rebirth, just as inferno fascinates us more than paradiso. Is it sympathy or sadism?
At any rate, here’s a resurrection song: He Has Risen, by The Knights of the New Crusade, from their album My God is Alive! Sorry About Yours! This band may sound like a parody of Christian fundamentalism, but let me assure you these guys are serious. Actually, serious may be the wrong word. They just happen to mix their gospel with Sonics-style garage-punk, a huge dose of humor (their anti-evolution song is called “There Aint no Monkeys in My Family Tree”), and actual knight costumes. So while the Knights clearly disapprove of Nietzsche’s declaration about god, I’m sure he would approve of their levity about what they hold most dear.
Bonus Jesus quote: “I tell you, no virtue can exist without breaking these ten commandments. Jesus was all virtue, and acted from impulse, not rules.” -William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Bonus YouTube clip: Bill Hicks on our strange way of celebrating Easter.
Finally, I want to announce, to my 2-and-a-half regular readers, that I’ll be taking a month-long hiatus from blogging as I head into the home stretch of Spring semester, but I hope to be back with a vengeance (no sacrilege intended!) come May. Adieu.
P.S. There’s also this.