Was Jesus a shaman? What is and isn’t shamanic about the New Testament? In this episode we review “Jesus the Ultimate Shaman”, a new book by Stephen Bull and Sally Denny.
Utnapishtam was the ancient version of Noah in the Mesopotamian flood myth that was incorporated into Genesis about 2000 years after it was first written. In this episode we compare and contrast the older Mesopotamian and newer Genesis versions of Noah, and look at some of the social reasons for the (slight) differences between them.
We finally discuss the figure from the Heretics logo, Girolamo Savonarola, and look at why he was burned as a heretic despite being just the opposite in many ways. We also look at his role in setting the scene for Martin Luther.
Following on from last year’s Merry Mithrasmas episode, this year we turn our attention to the early origins of word “Christmas” itself: in ancient Greek philosophy, Roman mystery religions and cannibalistic rites. Merry Yule!
Is Capitalism a religion? How did Christianity create it? Are there non-subjects that relate to how societies are run? Who stands to benefit? In this episode we look at the effects of the Reformation on belief systems and economic systems, and how they ultimately resulted in Capitalism as we know it today.
In this episode we un-pause our series on Genesis, looking specifically at the figure of Enoch and the associated Enochian Literature. We examine the reasons why this literature has been suppressed by Christians since the time of Emperor Constantine.
Merry Mithrasmas! This is our episode for the 25th December, investigating the origins of Christianity in Mithraism and the pivotal role played by Constantine the Great.
Returning to our series on Genesis, we examine the supposed events surrounding Cain and Abel, and their social context in the ancient civilisations of ancient Mesopotamia. Link.
We continue our journey into the Chymical Wedding, discussing why shamanic experience can come as a surprise even to people who are well prepared for it. We also look at the influence of Erasmus, and consider his outlook on the esotericism vs exotericism issue.