Oracles and Acts of War

“[These bad things] happened because the Euboeans regarded an oracle of Bacis they had received as nonsense…” —Herodotus, 5th Century CE The winners of history are often guided by providence. After all, who else’s side could God be on except those who survive the perils of war? Survival, my friend, is pretty strong proof that […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: October 18th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Pagan writer Nevill Drury has passed away. (The Wild Hunt) Are we hardwired to believe in the supernatural? (NYT) The U.S. government has shut down because *spins wheel* Christian Apocalypticism. (Religion Dispatches) Here’s something that makes […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: October 11th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. The Amish say “no” to Obamacare, electricity, cars, shaving and pretty much everything else. Beards are still alright. (Reuters) This restaurant’s dinner menu has psychic readings on it. Spoiler: That tall dark stranger is probably just […]

Behind the Ivory Curtain: Working on the York Christian Apocrypha Symposium

Apocrypha scholars strike a pose for  the camera. UPDATE: Other participants have posted their observations on the symposium… The 2013 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium in Retrospect: Part One, Part Two, Part Three Tony Burke, Apocryphicity Reflections on the 2nd York Apocrypha Symposium Mark Bilby, Voces Anticae I’ve been blogging a bit about the York Christian […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: October 4th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Stonehenge is getting a visitor’s centre. It will include a museum and several fire extinguishers. (BBC) People can’t get enough of the apocalypse. (NYT) The initiation ceremonies of the Samburu, a Kenyan tribe that’s protecting their […]