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Why Is Everyone So Pious During Lent? [Questions That Haunt]

Questions That Haunt Christianity

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.

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