After 1,000 years of Christianity, Iceland returns to Nordic paganism

Map of Iceland
The West really is well into the post-Christian era, the implications of which I dread to ponder. Or didn’t you know that Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, contrary to the continuing malicious portrayal of them as Christian, actually were animated by a race-based nationalism founded on Nordic myths and gods. (See Eric Vieler, The Ideological Roots of German National Socialism.)
Reuters reports on Feb. 2, 2015 that although worship of pagan “gods” in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity around 1,000 years ago, a modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in Iceland.
Membership in Ásatrúarfélagið, an association that promotes faith in the Norse gods, 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.
Icelanders will soon be able to publicly worship at a shrine to Thor, Odin and Frigg with construction starting this month on the island’s first major temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.
Ásatrúarfélagið’s high priest Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson said, “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.”

Note: In other words, this 21st century version of Nordic “faith” is Iceland’s version of wiccan.

The temple to the Norse gods will be circular and will be dug 13ft down into a hill overlooking the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, with a dome on top to let in the sunlight. Hilmarsson said, “The sun changes with the seasons so we are in a way having the sun paint the space for us.”
The temple will host ceremonies such as weddings and funerals. The group will also confer names to children and initiate teenagers, similar to other religious communities.
Iceland’s neo-pagans still celebrate the ancient sacrificial ritual of Blot with music, reading, eating and drinking, but nowadays leave out the slaughter of animals.
~Éowyn

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k2globalcommunicationsllc
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Do not forget: What was the Temple at Pergemos (Pergemon): The Altar of Zeus!! Remember Obama’s fascination and attraction to The Altar of Zeus that is now in Berlin? “Approximately two-thousand years after Revelation 2:13 was written, German archeologists removed the massive altar of Zeus from the ruins of Pergamos and took it to Berlin, where it was restored as the centerpiece of the Pergamon Museum. It is here that Hitler first adored it, later building an outdoor replica of it from which he gave a series of speeches that mesmerized many Germans. “Fast forward about another 75 years,” says… Read more »

Northerngirl
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Northerngirl

What a pathetic shame. I think many people have become so full of pride that they gravitate towards religions that focus on themselves and their so called ” magical” powers within. Satan’s recruitment team seems to be working overtime in the world.

marblenecltr
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Thank you for informative postings and comments. Some questions: what will the name of that faith be?, will it become the state religion of Iceland?, and when will it join the World Council of Churches?

Kelleigh
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With Christianity, it is by grace you are saved through faith, and this not of yourselves, it’s a gift of God, not by works, so that no man may boast. Yet, the Holy Spirit guides us to do that which the Lord would like done to help others. The requirement for salvation is faith ALONE! It is way too “easy” for those who want to “work” for their gains or their salvation, this goes for all the occult, Buddhism, Wiccan, Muslim, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Church of Scientology, Christian Science, The Way International, Theosophy, Rudolph Steiner’s Anthroposophical Societ (Waldorf Schools),… Read more »

John Molloy
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John Molloy

When Our Lord returns the neo pagans may find that is too late to recant.

Seumas
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Seumas

I suspect even the old pagans would be ashamed of this hollow new age mockery of their belief… “don’t think anyone actually 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.” Poppycock, this is jungian occultist new age brain-rot, they’re just using the old pagan names as lip service, which doubles its offense, not only is it a mockery, but its a mockery of a mockery (That is the paganism was a mockery, and this new… Read more »