This Question That Haunts comes from my friend, Mother Jean, an Episcopal priest in Huron, South Dakota, who hooks me up with some choice hunting every Fall:
My question has to do with Lent. How much, do you think, of the dreary, self-flagellating nature of Lent has to do with our Puritan understanding of the Atonement, i.e., Penal Substitution? I have come to really hate Lent because everyone is SO darned pious and self-sacrificing. Not that those are bad things, but everyone’s so dang gloomy about it. Lent anticipates the crucifixion, certainly, but it also anticipates the resurrection.