‪#‎ThisIsWhyWeNeedPolytheism‬, I

Posted: August 29, 2015 in Uncategorized
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So this one time I was giving a talk about polytheistic religion and somebody brought up some specific comic books as an example of modern religion and cited a theories posed by a comic book author as though he were a classical philosopher. This might be relevant if we were discussing Western occultism, but when discussing fucking polytheism, discussions of godsdamned modern egregores in reference to worshipful deities and our relationships to them should not be your lead-in. If your sole lens for understanding spiritual matters is that which was supplied to you by comic book authors and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, you’re not talking about religion, you’re talking about esoteric magical traditions.


  1. Was this Chris Knowles or Grant Morrison being referenced?

    • EmberVoices says:

      Or Alan Moore? Although even with Neil Gaiman there *are* actual theological ideas brought up by and in comic books, not just esoteric magical ones…

      • Before everyone gets all up in arms and sharpening their pitchforks to defend their comic book collections, let’s pay attention to what I -actually- said: “if your sole lens for understanding spiritual matters is that which was supplied to you by comic book authors…”

        And let’s be clear that what I said is what I meant, and any misreading of this — such as criticizing comic book authors who address spiritual, magical, or the occasionally theological subjects — is then left solely in the lap of the reader.

        There is no challenge in what I’ve said to the existence of comics which address theological or religious concerns — I even own one or two Zoroastrian themed comics! — but instead a challenge against allowing a genre of intentional fiction to provide “the sole lens for understanding” these considerations.

        By and large in mainstream comics the subject matters of spirituality are “lead” with gnostic and occult themes, with gods reduced down to characters and worse to the egos of the magicians within them. This is -not- a platform to lead with while discussing polytheistic religions.

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