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NPR Reporter Incorrectly Describes the Meaning of Easter, Showing Cultural Disconnect from Christianity

Leah Hickman | Contributor to | Thursday, April 5, 2018

NPR Reporter Incorrectly Describes the Meaning of Easter, Showing Cultural Disconnect from Christianity

Earlier this week on his daily podcast, The Briefing, Albert Mohler pointed out a major error in an NPR report that refers to the Christian celebration of Easter. This error, says Mohler, reveals the “extent of secularization” in American culture.

Although the error has been rectified in the online NPR article, the correction is still listed at the bottom of the piece. In this correction, the editors clarify, “[A]n earlier version of this post incorrectly described Easter as ‘the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere at all, but rather arose into heaven.’” Mohler aptly comments that “It’s hard to imagine how one could achieve more theological distortion and confusion in a single sentence than what we find right here.”

According to aWashington Post article on the error, “NPR quickly corrected the report, describing Easter simply as ‘the day Christians celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection.”

As Mohler observes, NPR’s error shows that even “the most educated amongst us” (i.e. NPR’s reporters) are ignorant of the basic facts of Christianity. And this is a significant issue, especially considering Christianity’s centrality in Western civilization. Mohler explains the problem well, saying, “Evidently the secularization of the age has reached the point that you can graduate from an elite school, an elite college or university, an elite journalism program, and get a job at one of the most marquee names in American journalism, and evidently neither you nor your editor needs to know anything about the reality of what Christians believe.”

Although the error may seem laughable to the average Christian because of its obvious inaccuracies, this story should be a weighty reminder to western Christians of the world they now inhabit. Today, no Christian in any level of society can safely assume that those around them know basic biblical truths. This gives them all the more reason to boldly declare their faith.


Leah Hickman is a 2017 graduate of Hillsdale College’s English program. She freelances for and has written pieces for multiple Hillsdale College campus publications as well as for and the Discover Laura Blog. Read more by Leah at

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Publication date: April 5, 2018