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I'll be participating in a round table discussion at the American Academy of Religion conference at UNLV in March. The title is History of Mystery: Pagans in Las Vegas. I plan to blog about the experience here, so stay tuned.

Next up on this post is my brief report about another author's article, with a link. After that I relate some of my recent personal gnosis.

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I grew up in a Catholic neighborhood in Pittsburgh and most of my friends went to St. Gabe's up on the hill so, although my family wasn't Catholic, I heard all the stories anyway. My favorite was the one about the little boy and the cookies.


The Little Boy and the Cookies


In preparation for First Communion, Sister X's second grade class was learning about the doctrine of the Real Presence: that Christ is literally, physically, present in the Eucharist.

Sweet, thought one little kid. After school one day he sneaked into church and knocked on the door of the tabernacle, the ritual cupboard on the altar in which the reserved eucharist is kept.

Hey, Jesus, he said, I brought you some cookies, and he laid out in front of the tabernacle the cookies that he'd saved from his lunch that day.

Preparing for mass next morning, Father Y found the cookies and, after (no doubt) puzzling a bit, ate them.

After school that day, the kid sneaked back into church. Pleased to see that his previous day's offering had been accepted, he once again knocked on the tabernacle door, and said: Hey Jesus, I brought you some more cookies. Once again he duly laid out that day's offering.

This went on for several days. Finally, one morning, the priest says, indignantly, Who's bringing all of these cookies?

(This line always got a laugh.)

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Posted by on in Culture Blogs
Thunder Cakes

Let me ask you a theological question.

It really is true that you can find just about anything on the internet. What I was fortunate enough to find was a cookie cutter in the shape of what witches call the Melner: Mjöllnir, Þór's Thunder Hammer.

Clearly—now that the Summer heat seems to be over, at least for the time being—it's time to bake some Thunder cakes.

So here's my question:

What kind of cookies would the Thunderer like best?

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  • Katie
    Katie says #
    I’m thinking... thunder comes with rain, so something warm. Thunder comes with lightning, so something with a bite. I’d say, reall
  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    Thor is married to Sif so anything made of wheat. Like literally anything made of wheat lol.
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Not rye?
  • Erin Lale
    Erin Lale says #
    Any grain really, and my gnosis is she enjoys corn, but the story about her hair is a metaphor for wheat harvest so wheat specific
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Lightning is known to strike oak trees a lot, so I'm guessing something with nuts in it. Homemade pecan sandies to start with, th

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Holiday Cookies


          According to Wikipedia, were it not for Alexander the Great, we might not have Christmas cookies. Not really, but in 327 BC he discovered and spread sugar cane that is the source for their basis, first throughout Persia and eventually Europe. The early little cakes or cookies would probably taste strange to us today. They were spiced with whatever was on hand, including cumin, and either shaped by hand or rolled and pressed on wooden boards carved with cut out shapes. The invention of cookie cutters helped form their myriad shapes.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Our tradition was date bars. Nowadays I find it hard to find chopped dates. I used to make rum balls on the last Sunday in Octob

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