Paganism · Paganism equals Liberalism · Religious Left · Religious Liberty

Left, Right… A Bigot is Still a Bigot

The Reverend Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. has posted a piece over at the Progressive Christian section of Patheos that I think everyone who complains about the “Religious Right” needs to read. The piece specifically addresses the efforts of American Atheists to have a piece of the ruins of the World Trade Center that coincidentally… Continue reading Left, Right… A Bigot is Still a Bigot

History · Paganism · Television

“Vikings” Historical Drama Series to Debut April 2013

Medievalists.net has a great article on the upcoming “Vikings” historical drama series, to be produced and written by Michael Hirst, who gave us both The Tudors and The Borgias. I’m a huge fan of those series, and have very high hopes that Vikings will live up to its predecessors. The series will center around Ragnar… Continue reading “Vikings” Historical Drama Series to Debut April 2013

Child Abuse · Religious Liberty · United Kingdom · Witchcraft

UK Announces Religious Child Abuse Action Plan

The United Kingdom recently announced an effort to combat religiously-based child abuse. While the plan is mostly couched in neutral language, it’s being implemented in response to various high-profile cases of children and others being tortured and/or killed in the course of “exorcisms”. One of the “key messages” in the program states: The number of… Continue reading UK Announces Religious Child Abuse Action Plan

Cemeteries

Cemetery – First Presbyterian Church, New Vernon, NJ

The weather yesterday was absolutely fantastic, so I was out enjoying a drive with my wife in the countryside of north-central New Jersey this afternoon. For those who aren’t familiar with it, New Jersey has some wonderful rural areas once you get away from the highways and larger cities. We were passing through the small… Continue reading Cemetery – First Presbyterian Church, New Vernon, NJ

Anglo-Saxon · Charms · History

Violence, Christianity, and the Anglo-Saxon Charms

Medievalists.net today points us to a Master’s thesis by Laurajan G. Gallardo of Eastern Illinois University entitled Violence, Christianity, and the Anglo-Saxon Charms. From the abstract: The thesis focuses on violence reinterpreted through the Anglo-Saxon charms that exhibit a fusion of Christian and pagan elements. … I provide a brief introduction on magical practices and… Continue reading Violence, Christianity, and the Anglo-Saxon Charms

History · Vikings

What Vikings Really Looked Like

From ScienceNordic comes a nice piece on Viking-era Norse fashion and grooming. They debunk the following myths: Vikings were dirty and unkempt Vikings wore horned helmets Vikings looked like we do today (consider this one “half busted”) Vikings’ clothing style was admired around the world (honestly I hadn’t really heard that myth before) Vikings’ appearance… Continue reading What Vikings Really Looked Like