Monday, 21 December 2009
New age nonsense
As the winter solstice dawns I have been watching and reading various reports on the rise of paganism and diminution of Christianity. The rise in paganism seems to be advancing in concert with the other rising religion...global warming doomsayers and seems rather prevalent amongst the usual crazed Guardian readers. I am all for recognising the cultural importance of remembering (if even rather Disneyfied) our ancestors customs but it is just another manifestation of today's habit of religion hopping....a bit of Buddha one year, a bit of Taoism next. The anti Christian crowd point to the co-opting of ancient traditions by the early Church....clever buggers say I. Tomorrow I find no conflict in recognising my ancestors relief at the rising of the winter sun as it presaged the beginning of the life giving spring to come, whilst preparing to celebrate the birth of Christ....beats dressing up as a supposed druid and hanging out with assorted soap dodgers.