Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- The Mormons are trying to be more inclusive of its LGBT members, starting with appointing its first openly gay congregation leader. (Religion Dispatches)
- I type this next item with one hand: Evangelical Christians are trying to put the cap on lust by emphasizing counseling for porn addiction. Or, as I call it, Saturday night. (CNN)
- Thanks to U.S. politics, the term “Dominionist” is making headlines. Wouldn’t you like to know exactly what it means? (Religious News Service)
- Speaking of politics, here’s a head’s up: The Tea Party and Anton LaVey’s Church of Satan share the same core values. (The Provocation via @nmilluminati)
- Eric Scott looks in-depth at the satanic panic that helped convict the West Memphis Three. (Pantheos)
- Jason Miller observes that despite Christianity’s embrace of church-sanctioned witchery it still remains hostile to mystical experiences. (Strategic Sorcery)
- Is it religious decline if those leaving the church do so for pagan traditions? (The Wild Hunt)
- A British Druid was unable to sway a British court to protect Stonehenge from excavation based on religious grounds. (Guardian)
- The above skirmish prompts Jason Pitzl-Waters to ask: What’s the best way to protect the archaeological heritage of Pagans? (The Wild Hunt)
- The Contemporary Esotericism Conference is taking place next Summer in Sweden. Yeah, that’s still a ways off, but you may want to submit your paper now. (Heterodoxology)
- Finally, a Toronto psychic is being challenged to prove her skills by an area skeptic association. Despite the $1 million prize, she has yet to agree to the contest. (CBC)
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