Monthly Archives: August 2011

Quantifying Magic: Scientific, Psychological, Non-Local and Mystic Models

Though it can’t quite be called a raging academic throw-down, I was interested to read the discourse* between Heterodoxology’s Egil Asprem and the new Tyromanteia blog about psychological and scientific methods of analyzing magic. While I am at no place … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: August 26th, 2011

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. The Princeton Review lists America’s most religious universities. No surprises here, the hotbed of Mormonism, Brigham Young University, and Illinois’ Wheaton … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: August 19th, 2011

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. It’s long been thought that the more education you have, the less you need religion. However,  this recent study says otherwise. … Continue reading

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What a PR Blunder Can Tell Us About Modern Religious Perspectives

Whole Foods is often seen as a progressive food retailer for those who want their three squares with a side of healthy conscience. So when the chain backed off from its internet-based Ramadan promotion, which highlighted halal foods safe for … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: August 12th, 2011

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. If you want to defeat infant mortality, it’s better to be Catholic than Pentecostal. Researchers suggest the Pentecostal emphasis on faith-healing … Continue reading

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The Morton Smith-Aleister Crowley Connection, Part II

Last week we began to look at the similarities between the notorious biblical scholar Morton Smith and another infamous character familiar to readers of this blog, Aleister Crowley. If you missed it, I suggest a short review before reading further. … Continue reading

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Mysteria Misc. Maxima: August 5th, 2011

Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet. Could polygamy be the issue that politically unites Pagans and Mormons?  John Crow says probably not, but its worth considering as … Continue reading

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