Is Scientology a Religion?

“Scientology is clearly a made-up thing, and would be a great plot for a TV series or movie, not necessarily a real-life commitment.” — Ashwin Rodrigues, Vice Magazine I recently watched the exposé documentary on Scientology, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. Like many who watched this documentary, I found it well put […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: September 27th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Can  Mormonism bridge the divide between Christianity and the occult? (OUP via @t3dy) Holy water in Austria is unsafe to drink for people, vampires. (Reuters) German churches are sermonizing the sexy parts of the Bible. (HuffPo) […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: September 20th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Theologians just can’t quit Pope Benedict. (Reuters) But like a honey badger, Pope Francis don’t care because—Bam!—he has the keys to the Popemobile, so suck on that. (Reuters) Need an excuse to get out of that […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: September 13th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Happy birthday, Ganesh! (HuffPo) India fights domestic assaults with a campaign of abused goddesses. (Buzzfeed) What’s religion have to do with the conflict in Syria? (BBC) Why not shake up your high holy days with some […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: September 6th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Evangelicals think the crisis in Syria means the end times are totally coming. (Time) Churches find their biggest adversary isn’t the devil, it’s the internet. (Salt Lake Gazette via @SheldonKent) Do religious texts make people more […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: August 23rd, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. A Creationist puts on his wizard hat, argues for the existence of dragons. (Jezebel) Jewish palm reading, or chiromancy if you want to be, uh, fancy. (PaleoJudaica) Russia is cracking down on Pastafarians. Pizzafarians are still […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: July 19th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. The UN learns that the Vatican’s autonomous statehood makes it tough to regulate. (The Economist) A high-ranking Scientologist leaves the church over its stance on gay marriage. (The New Yorker) Ten things to know about Ramadan. […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: July 12th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Move over Jesus, Superman is a way better Jewish messiah than you. (Jewish Myth, Magic, and Mysticism) Seven ways to tell if you’re part of a gay-friendly congregation. (Religion Dispatches) Is Christian millenarianism responsible for climate […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: May 17th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Pope Francis goes nuts and starts making saints like crazy. (Guardian) Ever wonder why Jews can’t eat cheeseburgers? Try Paganism. (The Jewish Press) But you know what’s not Pagan? The magic word abracadabra. (Haaretz) With their […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: April 26th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Congratulations, Jewish peeps, you are the best tippers. (Epiphenom) Damn, Jesus. Why you gotta be so white? (Aeon) The Vatican is keeping a close eye on those rebel nuns. (NPR) Scholars are still decoding the Voynich […]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima: April 19th, 2013

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. The Popemobile gets an eco-friendly makeover. (gizmag) Jewish women are challenging custom by praying at the Western Wall. (BBC) One Rabbi looses his credibility after an investigation discovers he’s been commenting on his own work pseudonymously. […]