8 thoughts on “Is paganism the fastest growing religion?

  1. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

    Hi Melas,

    Thank you for alerting me to this informative video.

    Considering that this is your first post of 2019, I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful festive season with a special post of mine at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/season-greetings-from-soundeagle-merry-christmas-happy-new-year-and-joyful-holiday/

    Happy New Year to you, regardless of how you intend to celebrate it, or whether you celebrate it at all!

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    1. Melas the Hellene Post author

      Greetings SoundEagle and thank you for the kind wishes. To my knowledge the ancient Greeks celebrated the birth of Heracles around the winter solstice, but calendars varied as to the new year. In any case, I look forward to this new year, and why not use it also to propel my efforts towards improvement! Your article is wonderful, most especially the poem. I might be writing poems in imitation of the Greek lyric tradition here. I like the styles of Wordsworth and Pope best, and I think either would be suitable for my purposes.

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      1. SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ

        Hello Melas,

        Thank you for visiting my post entitled “Season Greetings from SoundEagle: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Joyful Holiday” and for your feedback here. It would be very nice if you could kindly give your feedback at the comment section of the post too, as I always enjoy reading your comments and savouring your thoughts and ideas. To save you typing again, you could just copy and paste your previous comment to my post, if you like. Perhaps you could also a poem or two in the comment.

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  2. jim-

    I would guess people are looking for something of substance that doesn’t hijack or try to control the direction of individual spirituality like the big biz, big box religions. Even in Christianity, each is going their own way, picking and choosing the parts they like, not conforming as the group attempts to do. This is how it should be. Each of us is equipped with different physiology and talents, intuitions and abilities, and it makes sense to me there should be billions of appropriate approaches that operate within the framework of secular laws. I’m happy about this swing. The passengers are in charge of the ship!

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    1. Melas the Hellene Post author

      Thanks for the comment, Jim. People are indeed tired of being playthings in the hands of what I call imperial systems of religion, i.e. monotheisms that pretend to ensure salvation and have priesthoods with immense power to herd masses. It isn’t so much about individuality, I think, because while we all do appreciate freedom, we are at the same time attracted to groups and never hope for a lengthy solitude. The point here is how large of a group? Joining a distinct polytheistic community of 100 or 1000 or even 10,000 sounds like something desirable and encouraging, since there are many people you can share with but without the danger of being exploited. Whereas being a Catholic, an Evangelical or a Sunni/Shiite Muslim seems to be quite a miserable thing, because you are one in many millions and that leads to complexes. This is why there is so much splintering and it will only continue as natural. There isn’t one paganism or polytheism but many traditions that correspond to many cultures and ways. Yes, the passengers are taking charge of ships and building new ones to suit their crews and I hope they will abandon and sink the imperial ones in due time!

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  3. Paul

    The fastest growing religion is supposed to be Islam, although mainly from birth rates as opposed to conversion, or so I have heard. The numbers aren’t very big in the case of Paganism, but it’s to be expected that it’s growing. We live in a strange world where different peoples, who are all so incredibly different from each other in nearly every way possible, have been thrown together that it’s a natural reaction for people to pull away from the diversity cult and immerse themselves into what is truly theirs.

    As for fear, I am assuming you mean the “Nazi” element? I don’t take them seriously. I’ve been part of the Pagan world to varying degrees for years and I’ve never come across any. I’ve never gone looking but I’ve never stumbled across any, either, although I am sure they are there. My question would be who are they really – are they people who genuinely believe it or are they people playing dress up to get a reaction? Look at Frank Collin, he was part of all of that and yet was outed for being Jewish. At any rate if one is interested in reviving ancient ways authentically, then they are a very small and poor example.

    As for the symbol of the “swastika” itself which is still demonized these days, it’s nothing to fear as so many seem to and I have no problem with it. Quite the opposite, actually. People have been propagandized falsely for decades now about it, and yet it’s one of our most ancient and widespread symbols (if not the most ancient) and one that people need to awaken about and cast off all of the war propaganda from. In different suburbs here in Los Angeles, you can find old homes, buildings, gates, lamp posts, etc with swastikas on them, actual or stylized. On the street outside here, we have old green metal lamp posts with swastikas encircling the bottoms; they were put up sometime before the last world war (when the symbol was still properly understood in a positive light) and during the war there was a debate on whether to leave them or remove them. They were eventually left as it was deemed too costly to remove them all. I’ve noticed different historical and recreation groups beginning to use it again as well, which is joyous and a very good thing as people can be informed about its traditional and authentic meaning(s) and usage(s). Looking up and using our own traditional names for it, rather than “swastika,” is another step in the right direction, as well.

    Returning to numbers, all I can say is children, children, and again children. Have lots of them. And work towards leading your family and friends towards reverting to their ancient ways.

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    1. Melas the Hellene Post author

      Thanks for the reply, my friend. First of all, you are correct about Islam; I have read somewhere (I think Pew Research) that Islam loses as many converts as it gains, and therefore the only cause of their growth is birthrates. The rate has been in decline among Muslims, as with the rest of the world, but it’s to be feared that Islamism will reverse that reform; even with so-called moderates like Erdogan in Turkey, he is encouraging women to bear more children, which is one of his very evident policies towards a revival of Turkish imperialism. As for the “diversity cult” which you correctly term, it is certainly a poor misinterpretation of what constitutes true pluralistic diversity. Those who adhere to it ought to read more sociology and less ideology…Yet I think (as you know I have often mentioned before) if Europeans wish to lead the way towards reform, they must first set some sort of example.

      The video states that a large portion of those who call themselves “heathen” belong to a far-right ideology, which is cause for alarm. We rarely see them in person, but I have myself come by some of their videos and comments online, and they have been noisy to their fullest extent lately. Their influence is undoubtedly expanding and more or less infecting the whole right, which is very unfortunate, but almost the same could be said of radicals on the left. However, while there is a valid socio-cultural reason for these developments, I hate to see the movement of polytheism in general or Germanic heathenism in particular disturbed by it. The sad truth is that many of these far-right people become heathens ONLY because Jesus was a Jew. Then it’s easy to see that the Germanic hegemony (as in “the purity of all Europeans is Germanic”) is exactly akin to Nazism, being nothing more than a form of it. I hope that this colonial ideology of united “Whites” rather than distinct “European peoples” comes to an end, but how can that be done except from within? Attacks from the outside will avail us nothing and may actually drive polytheists away. The swastika needs to be reclaimed one day, although that is by no means a priority like fighting a bad ideology.

      Thus, to add to your excellent conclusion, we certainly need more children, as well as more education and fortitude!

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