Choose your words wisely, for they may grow up and change the world. On the marginalization of our religious traditions by Halstead and the dangers therein.
So I indulged in a rather brutal metaphor in my last post (I’m a bit uncomfortable with it myself, but I am going to let it stand for now. It highlights how this polytheist at least feels about having to constantly defend our traditions against people like Halstead. Halstead is one person, but the game he is playing at in showing such blatant disrespect for the boundaries of our traditions is a very old one, one that led once to the destruction of our ways. I’m tired.
Here is another article, by someone far cooler headed than I talking about why words matter.
Ossia Sylva mentioned something in a recent post prompted by the insidious influence of John Halstead writer at Patheos, and now Gods and Radicals who isn’t a pagan, or a polytheist but insists he is, in flagrant denial of the definitions of those words in dictionaries.
To me, Halstead is doing the equivalent of walking into a Catholic church and saying, “Okay, so I’m here. I want to be a Catholic, and I want you to call me a Catholic. But since I personally believe that Jesus Christ, God, the Holy Spirit, and the saints are archetypes, I want you to change the liturgy to reflect this ontology, and I want the theists to be totally on-board with this. Oh, and remember to call me a Catholic, because I am a Catholic.” -Ossia Sylva
Not only is this a brilliant analogy, it also can be taken a step further.
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