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  1. Re: Is Monarchy inherently a part of British \ English identity?

    Yes and no. The movement for independence, though driven by landowners and educated lawyers, was a popular one. But that's besides the point, which is that the British people have chosen to retain...
  2. Re: Is Monarchy inherently a part of British \ English identity?

    A monarchical institution, and the person that embodies it, is the most prominent and obvious egregore of a land and its people. It's part of their identity because it is, thus far, the institution...
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    Re: Do you believe the Christmas story?

    You'd be surprised how complex it is. Early Christians calculated Jesus' birthdate as being in late December based on some peculiarities with Jewish messianic beliefs. The date coinciding with the...
  4. Re: What was the relationship between the Nazis and religion?

    I do not see how it's any different than creating just another sect of Christianity. One that is heavily tied into a particular set of politics, but that's nothing new.
  5. Re: What was the relationship between the Nazis and religion?

    Nazism's religion was Nazism. Anything else was just a means to an end, a way to get into the hearts and minds of the German people. The Nazis co-opted Protestantism to appeal to Protestant Germans...
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    Re: Do you believe the Christmas story?

    Yes, we do. We have extensive textual evidence about how ancient Romans and Greeks believed and practiced. There's a lot that's lost, but there's more than enough there to reconstruct from. And...
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    Re: Do you believe the Christmas story?

    Everything's a subculture. I don't know what this question is meant to imply. Something about the community's size? There are about as many Modern Pagans in the US as there are Jews, and it has been...
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    Re: Do you believe the Christmas story?

    "Local" inasmuch as they were entirely municipal, yes they were local. Only the inhabitants of the city of Rome really did the voting for the various magistrates and priests, via the assemblies. And...
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    Re: Do you believe the Christmas story?

    Ignoring the white nationalism inherent to such Eurocentrism...you realize that not everyone of European heritage is Christian, or wants to celebrate Christian things, right? Even if one is...
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    Re: Do you believe the Christmas story?

    I mean, it is an observable astronomical phenomenon. It'd be hard not to. But for my part, I do believe in various bits of folklore about the Winter Solstice, and believe it is a ritually- and...
  11. Re: Did the Greeks have a positive view of Achilles?

    Homer was writing eight hundred years after the historical events that inspired the Trojan War story. He was not writing a history, and it's likely impossible for anyone to have. History passes into...
  12. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    This is probably the only occasion where I might defend basics. Personal experiences hold a certain truth for oneself. It doesn't matter whether or not I think his experiences reflect some kind of...
  13. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    Less, really. Socrates is at least attested by Aristophanes, who depicting him in his comedic plays, during Socrates' lifetime.
    Jesus? Not even his disciples, but their secretaries probably, a...
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    Re: Why is murder wrong?

    Depends on your perspective. From a worldview that enshrines human life as something with inherent value, like modern human rights law and preceding philosophical underpinnings, the taking of a human...
  15. Re: Life after Death : are we going to dance among ghosts and have a toast to our legacy?

    Now that's not entirely accurate. Hesiod does have reference to Deucalion in Catalogue of Women, but it's in fragments doesn't even mention a flood. The story of Deucalion as told by Hesiod begins...
  16. Re: Life after Death : are we going to dance among ghosts and have a toast to our legacy?

    But it's not all. The primary stories all seem to come from the Near East, specifically Mesopotamia. And then was imported to cultures colonized or influenced by the various Near Eastern empires,...
  17. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    At the era he's talking about, the height of the Classical Period between end of the Persian Wars and the start of Peloponnesian Wars, "Greece" as a concept or identity was only starting to emerge....
  18. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    If you think European culture is threatened by an even and equal playing field, then you must think European culture is pretty weak. Not to mention that our current mainstream ideas of egalitarianism...
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    Poll: Re: Evolution vs Y.E.C

    Of course the theory of evolution is true. It's scientific fact. There's no getting around it.
    If your religion contradicts the scientific facts, change your religion. I believe in a multitude of...
  20. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    Some of the distinction comes from having a nuanced perspective of the rights of native peoples, and on the history of colonialism. Native Americans, unlike Europeans, have living animistic and...
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    Re: Is Monotheism Inherently Intolerant?

    In a lot of cases, yes.
  22. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    Outside of a minority of Wiccans who still purport the Murrayite thesis, I don't think anyone, even in Modern Pagandom, argue that there was a universal, unified, Europe-wide single Pagan religion....
  23. Re: Life after Death : are we going to dance among ghosts and have a toast to our legacy?

    I get where you're coming from here, and I have had to fight hard to get rid of my instinctive dismissal of Christian peoples' personal experiences. But fkizz is right-- UPG is fair and fine for each...
  24. Re: Life after Death : are we going to dance among ghosts and have a toast to our legacy?

    Around 2006 to mid-2007 was when I was flirting with Paganism as something to actually identify with, partly because of my lifelong interest in pre-Christian cultures and myths. I will admit, some of...
  25. Re: Life after Death : are we going to dance among ghosts and have a toast to our legacy?

    I'm mostly in agreement, because I also am a Pagan (mostly of the Greek and Roman tradition). My view the afterlife is in tune with the Classical view that, mostly, we pass into a realm of mist and...
  26. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    It varied. Greek and Roman society were strongly, sometimes even violently, patriarchal, but so was Jewish and later Christian society. Now, there is some debate over how much of that was due to...
  27. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    And the elements of that statement that are true, i.e. the pervasive gender inequality and general cruelty of the society, are things that are common to pre-Modern societies, regardless of religious...
  28. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    Haha, what? Neither of those countries are socialist.
    Russia is a hypercapitalist oligarchy, effectively ran by business oligarchs hand-in-hand with the state security apparatus. It very much an...
  29. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    It depends on the disparity, which is the result of how that disparity came about. We're not talking about the difference between a skilled and non-skilled worker here, we're talking about the...
  30. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    When traditional morality and its reinforcement of patriarchal self-destruction and inequality is what's destroying the West in the first place...they very well might.
  31. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    Probably depends on the specific issue at hand, and the groups one is observing. The more ethnocentric or reconstructionist religions tend to be more conservative, as they are usually framed around...
  32. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    Here you are very wrong. The vast majority of Neopagans and other Modern Pagans are polytheistic, believing in many distinct gods. They are "naturalist" in that they tend to view the natural world as...
  33. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    Modern Pagans cover a very wide spectrum, but virtually all of them have some pretty close-held religious beliefs and practices.
    The sense that you're getting, of there being no specific religious...
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    Re: Religious/Philosophical Profile Thread

    I am a syncretic Roman reconstructionist. I worship many gods, from different pantheons, and in different ways. Alongside them, I do venerate guardian spirits and tutelary spirits, gods of the...
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    Re: Is Monotheism Inherently Intolerant?

    Monotheism isn't necessarily intolerant, in the sense that a monotheistic religion cannot abide the mere existence of non-monotheistic religions. It's "intolerant" in the sense that it completely...
  36. Re: A Pagan take on traditionalism and politicised science.

    And, to boot, their "accusation" displays a rather alarmingly racist attitude towards people of color who have traditionally been Muslim.

    That said, this video isn't really the best example of...
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    Not necessarily. That might be the case in...

    Not necessarily. That might be the case in certain monotheistic religions, but that isn't the only theological/epistemological viewpoint. Many religions view their god or gods as having only come...
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    Re: What Does Spirit Cooking Actually Achieve?

    Ah, but that is not so. I have experienced god--just not yours; rather, it has been several gods. The difference between us in this regard, is that I don't treat my experiences as leverage to assert...
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    Re: What Does Spirit Cooking Actually Achieve?

    I've been on this website about as long as you have; we've been posting on these forums, this one in particular, for over a decade. You know that I don't believe in the Abrahamic religions,...
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    Re: What Does Spirit Cooking Actually Achieve?

    I'm aware of the historical development of the concept. However, I don't believe he exists as a literal figure, and the symbolic or literary figure isn't a part of my religious tradition. Your...
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