Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- The Princeton Review lists America’s most religious universities. No surprises here, the hotbed of Mormonism, Brigham Young University, and Illinois’ Wheaton College (where dancing used to be forbidden!) round out the top five. (CNN)
- But where’s the best school for pagans, you ask? Try Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, where celebrating Ostara is now as legit as celebrating Easter. (The Wild Hunt)
- Television series True Blood is making some pagans’ blood boil over their depiction on the popular cable show. They feel the show’s power-hungry Wiccan character, who raises the dead and goes on murderous rampages, portrays them in a negative light. (Religion Nerd)
- Not sensational? The Garden of Eden. This author believes that paradise was capital B-Boring, not to mention a geographically dull place. (Religious Dispatches)
- Also, Eden was possibly non-existent. Even the most hardcore biblical scholars now suggest that, thanks to progress in the human genome project, Adam and Eve…didn’t exist at all. (NPR)
- At least we can count on 2012, right? Maybe not. Archaeologist John Hoopes looks at where the 2012 Apocalypse phenomena and where the hub-bub came from. Not-so-shocking twist: the hype is pretty far from the actual research on the Mayan calendar. (Boing Boing)
- Have you been living under a rock? Then you might wish to know that the West Memphis Three were released from jail. The three men were convicted of murder in the early 90’s, but many feel the investigators relied less on evidence and more on the predilections of the young men for heavy metal music, dark clothing, and allegations of Satanism to put the youth away. (Arkansas Times)
- Unlike the lads above, this Illinois man is still in jail, but says his rights were violated when the state prison refused to provide him with a copy of Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible. (St. Louis Today)
- Perhaps he’d have better luck if he had asked for a copy of the New Testament. Jason Pitzl-Waters looks at “Invisible Christian Privilege” and how Christian ideals are ingrained in western society, despite complaints to the contrary. (The Wild Hunt)
- Finally, for those of you tired of playing Angry Birds, there’s a new game that’s more kosher than a Passover dinner. “The Journey of Moses” is a Facebook game that allows players to imagine themselves as the Jewish patriarch as he moves through Egypt and beyond. Charlton Heston not included. (CNN)
Photo by jurvetson.