Mysteria Misc. Maxima: August 19th, 2011

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.

  • It’s long been thought that the more education you have, the less you need religion. However,  this recent study says otherwise. In fact, you’re more likely to have faith if you have a degree. (CNN)
  • A school that trains exorcists is finding its most most successful recruits are young, well-coiffed women. The money quote? “I’ve seen projectile vomit.” (Daily Mail)
  • This link seems like a make-work project for the one above: the United Nations rules that blasphemy is not just OK, it’s a human right. The world responds with a wave of Black Masses and turning up their King Diamond records to 11. (Religion Dispatches)
  • Blasphemy yes, but terrorism no. Egil Asprem revisits the religious beliefs of Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik and picks apart the claims that he was a Christian fundamentalist. (Heterodoxology)
  • Jason Pitzl-Waters looks at the question of paganism in antiquity and how a monotheistic bias obfuscates scholarship in this area, which often confuses belief in one god with notions of henotheisim. (The Wild Hunt)
  • Correspondences are one of the defining features of Western Esotericism. This post traces back the concept of “Cosmic Sympathy” to the Greek Stoics. (Egregores)
  • Finally, British club goers are trading in their cosmotinis for boozy-drinks with more high-minded names. The recently opened Religion nightclub  features events such as “Monday Mass” and “Resurrection Fridays.” One man who won’t be named Minister of Partying Down  is a local Reverend who’s offended by the whole thing. What would Jesus do? Apparently not jell-o shots.  (BBC)

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