Christian Identity

The Christian Identity movement has its roots in British Israelism. Amazing. So does Herbert Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God. And so do some of the ersatz genealogies connecting medieval Europe to the Bible. “The history of the Christian Identity movement reveals its startling foundations — which posit that both Christians and Jews are God’s chosen … Read more

Essence of Paganism

Here we have Tom Rowsell saying that all paganism in Europe is defined by dedication to deities. He thinks it’s all about the gods and worshiping the gods. I think he has the wrong end of the stick there. Rowsell’s emphasis on the gods leads him into some needless complexities, as well as some blind … Read more

Hyper Masculinity

Ever run into one of those hyper-masculine LARP types, who make themselves into a cartoon Viking while thinking they’re reconstructing old Norse religion? These Viking wannabes go and on about Odin, Valhall, and their fighting spirit. One of the ways to spot someone who is still a baby in the faith is that they’ll riff … Read more

This Land

I’ve been wanting very much to read This Land: How Cowboys, Capitalism, and Corruption Are Ruining the American West, by Christopher Ketcham (2019). Then I cried the whole way through. “A hard-hitting look at the battle now raging over the fate of the public lands in the American West–and a plea for the protection of … Read more

Norse Baptism

Even in the days before Christianity the Norse “baptized” their children. Meaning that babies were sprinkled them with water, apparently as a sign of accepting them into the family line. Jackson Crawford, “Norse Pagan ‘Baptism’“, YouTube (Apr. 12, 2017).

Banning Anglo-Saxon

This is just sad. And I don’t mean the prospect of “academia” eliminating Anglo-Saxon as a category. I mean Tom Rowsell having a public meltdown, and using overwrought emotion, hyperbole, and ad hominem attacks to support his position — the very tactics he accuses his opponents of using. I would expect robust debate on a … Read more

Antinous the Gay God

Wikipedia says, “Antinous (also Antinoüs or Antinoös; Ancient Greek: Ἀντίνοος; 27 November, c. 111 – before 30 October 130) was a Bithynian Greek youth and a favourite or beloved of the Roman emperor Hadrian.” The Temple of Antinous says, “Antinous is the God of all Gay people, he was a homosexual, and it is therefore our calling as gay … Read more

Beyond Nihilism

“In 2011, Dreyfus and Kelly published a book, All Things Shining, which explores how how notions of sacredness and meaning have evolved throughout the history of human culture. They set out to reconstruct this history because they’re worried bout its endpoint in our current era. ‘The world used to be, in its various forms, a … Read more

Odin vs Tyr

There’s this thing, Odin vs. Tyr. The short version is that Tyr’s name is cognate with the names of the sky gods in other Indo-European languages. *dyḗws ph₂tḗr (“Sky Father”) is the reconstructed name of the ancient Proto-Indo-European chief god. His cultural descendants include chief gods Zeus in Greece and Jupiter (Dieus-pater) in Rome. In … Read more

Viking Mortuary House

In popular imagination, the old Norse people sent their dead to the afterlife in boats. Sometimes the dead were buried in ships, sometimes buried in graves in the shape of a ship, or maybe had their corpses launched to sea in burning ships. But there were seemingly different customs in different families. Instead of sailing … Read more