Saturday, January 05, 2019

Wyrd And Providence Series

Reposted from July 2010. I had a lot of fun with this eight years ago.
Part I

I am reconsidering an idea I rejected years ago.
New England was a peculiarly fertile ground for a peculiar and intense version of Calvinism, because predetermination is a Christianised version of Norse fatalism.  I don’t subscribe to that fully, but I don’t reject it out of hand anymore.

Part II
 Swedish Luciafest, and dressing children in the cute costumes of grim Norse pagan beliefs.  Disney was hardly the first, eh?

Part III

From Danes to East Anglia to Puritans.  How the grim creatures disappeared in the ocean, but some of the ideas were carried to New England.

Part IV

My theory unravels some.

Part IV-A

Part V

Accusation by nature; trial by ordeal; some magics believed in, and some condemned, in Puritan New England.


An actual historian lends support to my theory.


Texan99 said...

Anti-pagan purity in the camps of both fundamentalists and Wiccans -- very interesting. I came to an Anglican style of Christianity from the atheist rather than the fundamentalist side, and so never grappled much with the problem of a pagan taint in things like Christmas and Halloween. My rule is that all kinds of pagan influences are welcome in my daily life and even worship, up to the point where they actually demand a choice between Christ and something else.

C.S. Lewis, my usual guide, pointed out that we are always struggling between the opposing dangers of irreverence and idolatry. Symbols are fine aids to reverence until we begin to mistake the symbols for the object of worship.

Lewis also claimed that the Devil is always trying to turn men either into magicians or into materialists.

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Texan99 said...

The reviews for the "Providence" book recommend an early and less expensive book, Sameuel Eliot Morison's remarkable, "The Intellectual Life of Colonial New England."

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PS, Alibris has "Providence In Early Modern England" for $35 or so.

Grim said...

I haven't had time to read the whole series, AVI, but it's definitely of interest to me. I'll sit down with it when I have a moment.