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Posted by: Brother Of Jerry ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 02:50PM

The Big O and Thor making a comeback! Since our substitute god myths now seem to be Superheroes and characters like Yoda with The Force, maybe Norse gods are now campy enough to be cool.

The Norse gods are making a strong comeback after a thousand years in the shadows-

Fixed the link

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 07/10/2018 03:21PM by Brother Of Jerry.

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Posted by: Tevai ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 03:07PM

The link does not relate to the subject of this thread.

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Posted by: xxxMMooo ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 05:16PM

Works for me


The Norse gods are making a strong comeback after a thousand years in the shadows. Outmaneuvered by Christianity around year 1000, Nordic paganism is now Iceland’s fastest growing religion. From 570 members in 2002, the ‘association of the faith of the Æsir’ – Ásatrúarfélagið – now numbers 3900 Icelanders, making it the largest non-Christian religion in the country.

“I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet,” High priest Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson told the Guardian. “We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”

The pantheistic religion appeals to modern individualism while upholding traditional Icelandic values like honesty, tolerance and respect towards the environment.

Although long in the making, the Ásatrúarfélagið’s first temple is finally expected to stand ready by the end of 2018. It is designed by Icelandic architect and member of the association Magnús Jensson and given a form to underscore a close relationship to earth, sky and sun. The temple will hold a maximum of 250 people for religious ceremonies and concerts.

Although the temple, called Hof Ásatrúarfélagsins, will be Iceland’s first in 1000 years it is likely not to be the last. The land was donated by the city of Reykjavik, and other municipalities have shown interest in having temples built, seeing perhaps the potential allure of tourism. Similarly, Denmark consecrated a temple called Valheim Hof to Odin for the first time in a millennium in 2016.

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Posted by: ificouldhietokolob ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 04:46PM

Funny, it's not boxy and ugly, and it doesn't have a big huge gold Moronic (pun intended) statue on the top...

What kind of temple is *that*? :)

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Posted by: xxxMMooo ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 05:18PM

Needs a steeple with a gold-plated Thor on top

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Posted by: BYU Boner ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 05:28PM

One of the joys of being openly EXMO in Utah is that one makes friends with all sorts of wonderful people. I’ve got a close friend, of about 5 years, who is a true Pagan follower of the old Norse Gods. To him, the stories are more figurative than literal. We converse about the symbols and how he interprets and uses his runes. In December, we share Yuletide together.

Does this understanding take away from my Christian faith? No. Has he converted me to being a Pagan, no. Does my faith seem silly to him, probably. Does his faith seem silly to me, initially, but I see how it works for him.

When I am sick, I ask for him to “pray” for me the way his faith informs him, he asks me for Christian prayers when he’s down.

Will we ever come to agreement on the details of religion? Probably not. Is he my brother, absolutely!

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Posted by: Mårv Fråndsen ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 06:06PM

He is not going to like that.

Loki - the god of mischief, confounding and WTF - is a god I can believe in.

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Posted by: BYU Boner ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 06:08PM

Let’s just say that everyone gets consumed by Loki in the end, including Boners.

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Posted by: summer ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 07:38PM

I very much like the idea of religions that closely hew to the cultures from which they sprang, and vice-versa.

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Posted by: elderolddog ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 07:49PM

Can you say Tezcatlipoca fast three times? He's my favorite Aztec ghawd. He set up and started the machinery that operates The Bell Shaped Curve!

Who you gonna believe? Me, or your lying eyes reading Wikipedia?

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Posted by: midwestanon ( )
Date: July 10, 2018 08:21PM

Do they have a visitor center with statues of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston? Perhaps on bended knee and with Moronis hand on each head?

Whoops, I think I’m conflating religions here.

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Posted by: Dave the Atheist ( )
Date: July 11, 2018 12:45AM

Does Iceland think that tourists will come to see this bullshit ?

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Posted by: Crazy horse ( )
Date: July 11, 2018 09:08AM

Much better than a ugly Mormon temple,

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Posted by: valkyriequeen ( )
Date: July 11, 2018 11:14AM

It's about time! :-D

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Posted by: babyloncansuckit ( )
Date: July 11, 2018 11:34AM

I’ll bet you don’t need a permission slip to get in.

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Posted by: Elder Berry ( )
Date: July 11, 2018 11:38AM

At least they are more honest than Mormonism.

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