The Problem with Mount Carmel Moments

"The Slaughter of the Prophets of Baal" by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld

When one faith is dominant in a culture, it can sometimes lead to weird things being celebrated as positive moments. For example, certain Christians love to reference Elijah's challenge to the worshipers of Ba'al and Asherah on Mount Carmel. Being an exemplar of intolerant monotheism, Elijah hated the idea that other (false) gods were being worshiped in Israel, so he issued a showdown, a challenge between his God and their gods. "Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one b … [Read more...]

Off to FaerieCon (plus some news links)

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Tomorrow I'll be on a flight to Maryland for the 2011 FaerieCon event, at which I'll be conducting interviews, taking pictures, and moderating panel discussions (in addition to seeing Qntal in concert).Since I'm not sure I'll have enough time to blog properly while also covering the event, I've arranged a variety of guest-posters during my absence to keep the lights on here at The Wild Hunt. Tomorrow we'll be featuring a guest-post from Patheos columnist and Killing the Buddha … [Read more...]

Blood Libel, Abortion, and Modern Paganism

One of the most pernicious types of religious slander is "blood libel," the accusation that a religious group ritualistically murders (and often consumes) children. While most famously, and pervasively, used against Jews throughout history, many other groups have had similar accusations made against them. For example, in ancient Rome some accused Christians of partaking in cannibalistic orgies and incest. "Now the story about the initiation of young novices is as much to be detested as it is we … [Read more...]


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