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Get Lent
by Stephen McGarvey

For quite a while now I’ve felt like the online magazine Slate has a finger on the pulse of American culture. They don’t disappoint today with a fascinating look at the recent interest Protestants and Evangelicals have taken in the observance of Lent.

Over the last few years, more Protestant churches have begun daubing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful on Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in Western Christianity (March 1 this year). Fasting, long familiar to Catholics as a Lenten fact of life, is increasingly popular with evangelical Christians striving for spiritual awakening.

The article gives an interesting overview on the historic disagreement between Protestants and Catholics over the celebration of Lent. Noting a few notable “high points" of the debate in church history.

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