As an integral part of many people's lives across the world, religion naturally intersects with just about every other aspect of society: politics, entertainment, morality, law, etc. This week, for Faithful Friday, we take a look at some of the ways religion impacts our lives outside of purely denominational settings. Join us as we look at the politics of religion in the United States, the way in which religion (and other strong ideologies) affect scientific progress, and even how the popular sci-fi franchise Star Wars is impacted by religious values.
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Ever since I’ve been on a Pagan path I’ve heard of BNPs. The acronym was told to me to indicated Big Name Pagans. Over time, as more people found their way to one Pagan path or another, or began to create their own paths more specific to their particular worldviews, the term BNP took on a negative connotation. I started to hear it explained as Big-Nosed Pagans.
Most of those referred to as BNPs had published a book or several and were known for that. Of course, when I was coming up, there were few books, and those there were tended to be elementary. They lacked depth, refinement, and nuance. Today, thankfully, creative Pagans have explored Paganisms in much greater depth. They’ve done academic and historical research, as well as incorporating anecdotal evidence for their theories – good ol’ UPGs. Practitioners of reconstructed traditions of many kinds have explored the traditions they’re reviving, and thereby have advanced this learning tremendously. As well, walkers on more personal Pagan paths, including “hard polytheists,” have contributed to our growing body of resources....
Inspired by the May traditions of Padstow, Cornwall, Dave Webber's May Song is a fine modern Beltane song in traditional idiom, heard here in a rousing performance by Magpie Lane.
The traditional May Day Hobby Horse's dance of sex, death, and resurrection has no known historical connection with the widespread and deeply sacred horse-sacrifices of the ancient Indo-European world.
Harmony. It's something most of us want in our lives but it can be difficult to achieve in practice. How do we live in harmony with nature? Can we create a world that's sustainable and prosperous for posterity? These questions and more are the subject of this week's Earthy Thursday.
Shellfish are a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us in Leviticus to suppress. They also smell bad. [...] Any person who willingly consumes or sells shellfish is guilty of a felony, and shall be fined $666 thousand per occurrence, and/or imprisoned up to 6 years, 6 months, and 6 days.