Joanne Pierce is an author at Religion News Service.
(The Conversation) — The word “Lent” has Germanic roots referring to springtime. But not much is known about its origins as the religious observance.
(The Conversation) — The Christian belief in hell has developed over the centuries, influenced by both Jewish and Greek ideas of the afterlife.
Marked as it may be by sadness, perhaps their inevitable individual “death” is necessary in order to reach their fullest bloom and bear their richest fruit within the culture that survives them.