Iceland’s First Pagan Temple To Norse gods Since Viking Age Ready In Late 2018

In Iceland, paganism is going mainstream in that society with the building of a pagan temple to honor the old Norse gods.  Iceland’s first pagan temple in 1000 years.  The pagan temple will overlook Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital.

 The Ásatrú temple in Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavik will be ready in the latter part of next year. There’s been a break in the construction of the temple but construction will begin again in January.

The building was supposed to be ready by next summer but construction had proved more complicated than previously thought.  This was confirmed by head chieftain Hilmar Örn Himarsson of the Ásatrú society of Iceland to Morgunblaðið.  IcelandMonitor

“In that day men will cast away to the moles and the bats
Their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
Which they made for themselves to worship,”  Isaiah 2:20

There have been no temples to the Norse gods in Iceland for over 900 years, but in 2015, the Ásatrú Society, re-established in 1972, began construction on a modern temple in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. It is expected to be ready for use sometime this summer at a final cost of around $1.25 million.

The pagan religion is making a comeback in Iceland, necessitating the construction of the new facility. Established 45 years ago by farmer Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson, the Ásatrú Society initially had 12 members. According to the National Bureau of Statistics in Iceland, there were 2,382 members in 2014; today there are 3,583 members.

“I think more people are seeing what we’re doing and they like it,” said Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, current High Chieftain and director of the Ásatrú movement, in an interview in Iceland Monitor. “We do not recruit members. We just encourage people to come if they are interested.  Our ceremonies are open to everyone.”

There may be another reason for the rise in Ásatrú popularity. Unlike the mainstream Lutheran church that most Icelanders attend, the Icelandic version of neo-paganism promotes same-sex weddings.

“There has been a massive increase in demand for same-sex wedding ceremonies in the last year, an explosion really,” Hilmarsson said in an interview in Gay Iceland, noting that many foreign citizens visit Iceland specifically to be married in his pagan service. “The pagan belief is very inclusive and we are open to all opinions, so we welcome all, gay or straight, Icelandic or foreign.”  BreakingNewsIsrael

Online:  A religion that speaks to people today – a video interview with the head chieftain about the temple.

Transgender Children’s Books A Taboo Subject Now Hitting Bookshelves

bookquestionmarkThe ideology of transgender is now being aimed at children with a series of books published to children, elementary aged children pushing the message of transgender.

Transgender children’s books, which address a topic once considered so taboo that no mainstream publisher would touch it, are gaining a wider audience thanks to a handful of authors and a few mainstream publishers willing to reach out to children struggling with gender identity, the New York Times is reporting.

Children’s literature has often been reluctant to take on taboo subjects — Judy Blume’s candid descriptions of menstruation and teen sexuality were considered scandalous in their day, according to NPR. But the children’s publishing industry has taken on a handful of difficult subjects in recent years, including rape, suicide, and sex trafficking. But the subject of gender identity in teens, adolescents, and children has gotten scant little attention.

David Levithan, vice president and publisher of Scholastic Press, says that publishers are now becoming willing to take on the subject of transgender children — however slowly.

“In our culture, it was really something that was in the shadows, but suddenly people are talking about it. As our culture is starting to acknowledge transgender people and acknowledge that they are a part of the fabric of who we are, literature is reflecting that.”

Much of the body of work in transgender children’s literature is aimed at teens and adolescents, according to SFGate….

Some transgender ideology children’s books are aimed at younger children aged preschool – 3rd grade such as Jacob’s New Dress and I Am Jazz.

Online:  Transgender Children’s Books: The Once-Taboo Topic Is Now Hitting Bookshelves, And Not Without Controversy

 

Transitioning To A Different Gender

I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed
a few times since then – Alice in Wonderland

AliceInWonderlandBruce Jenner transforming into a woman.  Parents promoting and championing different gender identities in their young children. A glossary of 51 different gender options.  Activists in Canada are lobbying to abolish gender references from birth certificates, the the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has agreed to review complaints.

“Birth certificates (may) give false information about people and characterize them in a way that is actually wrong, that assumes to be right, and causes people … actual harm,” said Morgane Oger, a transgender woman in Vancouver and chair of the society. NationalPost

A comment posted on LifeSiteNews put it very clearly.

If I were to tell my doctor I think I am Napoleon, I would get a speedy referral to the psychiatric unit. If I tell him I think I am a woman, despite the physical evidence of my body indicating I am male, I will get the right to impose my delusion on others, backed by the sanction of legal action if anybody doesn’t believe me. Did the definition of insanity just change? Seriously, the lunatics have taken over the asylum, and some warped-minded lawyers are cashing in on it.

Individuals with mental afflictions are to be shown compassion not celebrated.  They should not be given awards of courage for transitioning from a male into a female.

What is being promoted by the gender option activists?  They are battling to change the intrinsic nature of human identity and humans concept of God, a struggle and battle between a Christian worldview and a pagan worldview.

The worldview that the material world, including humans, can be changed by thoughts is a pagan worldview. That humans by mere magical wishes can transform themselves into a different gender belongs more with ancient Greek and Roman mythology than a Western view defined by modern science and Judeo/Christian tradition.  Where the natural order is thrown aside for myths, and myths are paraded as logic.  With imagination the gender options are infinite with no reality except magical thoughts that actually degrade and destroy the created natural order and the reality of humanity.

I think we have fallen down the rabbit hole.

Icelandic Pagans To Build First Temple To Norse gods Since Viking Age

ThorgodofthunderModern paganism has increased in Europe. The growth of paganism in Europe corresponds with the decline of Christianity.  In England there is reportedly a quarter of a million who say they practice pagan religions. The Guardian reports, “Membership in [Norse paganism group] Ásatrúarfélagið has tripled in Iceland in the last decade to 2,400 members last year, out of a total population of 330,000, data from Statistics Iceland showed.”  In Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, construction will start this month building the first temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.

The worship of the old Norse gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity about 1,000 years ago. The old gods and goddesses disappeared over time but some did not quite go away, but only withdrew into the shadows and a modern version of Norse paganism is increasing in popularity in Iceland.

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, the high priest of ‘Asatruarfelagid’ an association that promotes Norse paganism, explained the modern manifestation of Norse paganism differs some from the past versions.   “I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet. We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”

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