Another Day, Another Attempt by Halstead to Undermine Polytheism. *Yawn*

So Halstead has written another post, attempting to justify his forced incursions into polytheism (which neither wants nor needs his anti-theistic agenda) by postulating that the very fact that we see our Gods as individuals means that polytheisms are more prone to fracturing and fragmentation because we have all these hard edges–you know, boundaries, standards within our traditions, individual Gods, devotion. 

Bullshit, Halstead. Utter Bullshit. 

Polytheisms fracture when external force (colonization, appropriation, extermination, or just forced ideological incursion) is repeatedly applied. There is nothing inherent in polytheism that causes any type of fragmentation (as any brief exploration of history would show). 

Every group with every conceivable interest in every period of history has experienced schism. You want to see real schism? Go into a fandom group and watch them disagree. It is a normal part of human nature to have this type of conflict, especially on the internet where so much of our discourse is disembodied. Is Halstead positing that his atheist and agonistic (whoops, that was a slip, but i may just leave that. i meant agnostic) groups never argue? If they don’t, that’s terrifying. It means there’s no free-thinking going on and they’re all just robots. 

Halstead has an agenda. That agenda is to make polytheism look unreasonable, unenlightened, divisive, and intolerant. The only intolerance happening here, is on him. Polytheists have repeatedly repudiated his attempts to define our Gods out of existence and to promulgate the erasure of our traditions. He equally repeatedly refuses to leave us in peace. Why does he keep this up? What does he hope to gain? Who persistently butts their head into a place where they are not wanted? There’s an agenda here and people should be wondering who benefits. Hell, I’m wondering who benefits. It’s certainly not the Gods and certainly not polytheism. 

 

About ganglerisgrove

Galina Krasskova has been a Heathen priest since 1995. She holds a Masters in Religious Studies (2009), a Masters in Medieval Studies (2019), has done extensive graduate work in Classics including teaching Latin, Roman History, and Greek and Roman Literature for the better part of a decade, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology. She is the managing editor of Walking the Worlds journal and has written over thirty books on Heathenry and Polytheism including "A Modern Guide to Heathenry" and "He is Frenzy: Collected Writings about Odin." In addition to her religious work, she is an accomplished artist who has shown all over the world and she currently runs a prayer card project available at wyrdcuriosities.etsy.com.

Posted on March 18, 2016, in community, Polytheism, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thank you for continuing your posts on this issue. This guy is seriously in need of correction, but of course that will probably do a small mind like his little good. Thank you for opening up your big mouth Galina!

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  2. Who would benefit? Monotheism and a(nti)theism. They can kind of just stand by and let Halstead and his ilk do all the work they would otherwise have to do. Because our attention is diverted they have free rein, and the growth of our polytheisms gets inhibited by this divisiveness and intolerance that Halstead and those like him sow.

    Meanwhile monotheism and a(nti)theism can go on pretending they’re the epitome of (ir)religious evolution and progress and enlightenment, and focus on fighting each other over what amounts to minor theological points, or on discussions between religion(=monotheism) and a(nti)theism, because those are obviously the only valid viewpoints worthy of consideration, right? */snark*

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  3. The beneficiaries are the blogs hosting him, more views equates more advertising revenue.

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    • I think you probably hit the nail on the head. People are so used to ignoring atheists (even other atheists) that you have to work really hard to stand out among a sea of other atheist writers that have been at it for longer than him. Halstead is probably trying to do his own version of the flying spaghetti monster so that he stands out. Other atheist writers have decided to attack Christian groups, Halstead figured he could fill a niche by attacking polytheists.

      Blogs that host him do so for the same reason that some radio stations host people like Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh…more outrage equals more attention, and as they say, there’s no such thing as bad publicity. I simply refuse to read anything that gives him a platform, because it takes away revenue from the places that host him. If a writer isn’t generating hits, the host will stop using the writer. Then we don’t have to worry about other polytheists getting exposed to his garbage because we’ve cut down the number of infection sites.

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  4. Oh and of course his own ego at all the attention.

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  5. thetinfoilhatsociety

    I read one of the comments on one of his recent posts and it actually was denigrating those who use the dictionary to define words – shame on us silly polytheists, words can mean whatever you want!

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