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Mike The Blacksmith Post number 24659 Posted: 11th July 2018     Subject: Resurgence of Paganism
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Return of the Ancient Gods: The Resurgence of Paganism
Over the past two centuries, Europe has become increasingly secular. Scholars in fact no longer talk of the Christian West when they speak of Modern Europe and North America, but of the Secular West. There is however evidence of a spiritual revival stirring on the continent where God is supposedly dead.

Old traditions pre-dating the appearance of the Jewish carpenter turned Messiah are beginning to re-emerge. Since the 19th century, there has been an increasing interest in ancient pre-Christian European religions such as ancient Greek, Germanic, Celtic, and Slavic paganism. This stems from an increasing interest in spirituality in Europe, specifically a spirituality in touch with European heritage and ethnic roots in a similar manner to indigenous religions of Native Americans and Aboriginal Australians.

Ancient and Modern Combine
Among modern Pagans, there are two approaches to reviving pagan practices. One is eclecticism or syncretism, in which elements of historical ethnic religions such as the ancient Norse religion are combined with modern movements such as Wicca, Theosophy or other New Age philosophies. This is largely based on romantic views of these ancient religions which emerged in the 19th century which may or may not be historically accurate.

In Iceland, the Norse gods are making a particularly strong comeback and Nordic paganism is now Iceland’s fastest growing religion. In fact, they will soon complete the first temple to Thor and Odin to exist in Iceland in over 1000 years. “I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet, ” High priest Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson told the Guardia n. “We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology. ”

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Bel eve Post number 24694 Posted: 18th July 2018     Subject:
You see that everywhere, and in all it's varieties, Christianity is becoming less and less populair. But that doesn't mean that people are less spiritual. They search for new ways. Ways that match there idea of God and heaven and hell for people now.
And interpreting old thoughts and stories in a form that fit's modern day's is not new. In fact the first Christians did the same. The bible is nog written in Jesus his time, but about 300 years later. And the stories in te bible are these day's not taking literally but are put also in a modern way.

It is a pity that there are no more stories handed down from the old day's. But we all know why that is. [Mad]
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