Vol 13 No. 7 (2011) Issue Number 7, February 1999

Notes from the Underground

It may be true, as one of our New Age acquaintances recently advised us, that 1999 is the first year of the rest of the Millennium, but it is certainly the last year we’ll ever see with quite so many 9s in it. In any case, we minions of Persephone have chosen to celebrate this event by gracing The Pomegranate with a new format. By using a more delicate typeface we’ve been able to increase our content by 15% without adding extra pages. We all hope that our readers will find this new look easier to read and more esthetically pleasing.

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University of Helsinki
This paper argues however, that nature religiosity can have its dark side, for National Socialism too was a religion of nature which was built upon the rock of selected streams of nineteenth century German romantic and occult philosophy.
University of Colorado
Stoicism doesn’t have all the answers. It doesn’t even have all the questions. But it has some very good answers to some important questions - sensible answers to questions people still ask today, in spite of two thousand years of Christianity and a century of psychotherapy.
No one born in the 20th century can have missed the challenge to spiritual worldviews raised by the carnage of its wars and massacres, as well as the suffering caused by disease, natural disasters and general hard knocks of everyday life. So much pain! So much unhappiness! Neopagan religion celebrates and honors all basic dimensions of existence, but in light of so much suffering, some critics ask whether in doing so we demonstrate a naive or even willful blindness to evil and the omnipresent nature of human affliction.

Book Reviews

Princeton University
Gods and peoples do not give each other up without a struggle. During the thousand years following the temples and plays of Classical Greece, when the Gods slept no further away than Olympus, inclination toward Neoplatonic philosophy made those Gods that survived transcendent, removing them to the celestial sphere above the moon. Hekate was a survivor. In the minds of many ordinary people, she always remained the chthonic goddess of the crossroads and source-protectress for witches; but to a select cadre of philosophers and theurgist-magicians, she became the intercessor between the celestial deities and the world of man, and furthermore, the Cosmic Soul from which each human’s soul flowed.
University of Central Lancashire
In this text Poulter considers the way in which the English legal system engages with a variety of ethnic groups, concentrating on a number of case studies. Although the focus of the work is ethnicity, rather than religious identity and practices, the case studies make this an important work for any student of the interaction between the law and religion in the United Kingdom jurisdictions.