Buddy can you spare some burnt offerings?

OK, some fluff...it seems that the Greek Neo-Pagans have received permission to worship in pagan temples. That might sound obvious, but most pagan temples in Greece are historic treasures, and so the purview of the government. The Greek Orthodox Church is not happy:

But Greece's powerful Orthodox Church takes a less charitable view, accusing the worshippers of idolatry and "poisonous New Age practices".

Father Eustathios Kollas, who presides over the community of Greek priests, said: "They are a handful of miserable resuscitators of a degenerate dead religion who wish to return to the monstrous dark delusions of the past."

I reall that the Orthodox Church boycotted the World Parliament of Religions in part because of the presence of Neo-Pagans. Issues....


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While I don't really know much about the ancient religion of the greeks, some things seem a bit too modern in the doctrines of this pagan church :

"Only one thought, one target has the Hellen Warrior in his mind: Ruthless extermination of the enemies of the Hellenic Religion and Culture. For the Hellen there is only one pleasure: Total victory in the Holy National-Liberating War. With cold logic, Machiavellian ethics and tireless pursuit of the target, the Hellen Warrior must be ready to die and exterminate anything stands as an obstacle to the road for the world wide domination of Hellenism"

Sounds like they're inspired more by national socialism , satanism and cliché Nietszcheism. I bet they're involved in blackmetal bands and things like that :)

By ogunsiron (not verified) on 12 May 2006 #permalink

And why are they writing in Latin letters?
And isn't 'Machievellian' a little too foreign?
Shouldn't that be, say, Odyssean?