Old Religion

"Old Religion"

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Name given to the religion of Witchcraft, or Wicca, since it predates Christianity (often referred to as the "New Religion").


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It was the new religion of humanity--or you might say it was the fulfillment of the old religion, since it implied but the literal application of all the teachings of Christ.
There was a rebellion in Yorkshire, in which the old lord of Rylstone fought vainly if gallantly for the Old Religion, and he and his sons died the death of rebels.
When at long intervals we turn over their abstruse pages, wonderful seems the calm and grand air of these few, these great spiritual lords who have walked in the world,--these of the old religion,--dwelling in a worship which makes the sanctities of Christianity look parvenues and popular; for "persuasion is in soul, but necessity is in intellect." This band of grandees, Hermes, Heraclitus, Empedocles, Plato, Plotinus, Olympiodorus, Proclus, Synesius and the rest, have somewhat so vast in their logic, so primary in their thinking, that it seems antecedent to all the ordinary distinctions of rhetoric and literature, and to be at once poetry and music and dancing and astronomy and mathematics.
"No, he went to church, but to tell the truth he really preferred the old religion. This was his study and is now mine.
Looking at this, they are like our brothers and they should come back to their old religion," he said.
The old Religion is Over skit has Sir Billy joking about suicide bombers while criticising followers of Christianity and Islam.
Until recently, it was not unusual for present-day followers of the Old Religion to kindle Samhainn fires at Clochoderick Stone.
At that moment I felt I was on the right spiritual path, but still, there were times I missed the traditions of my old religion.
In the play, when Satan appeared to Leonido, he was dressed like a shaman of the old religion: "I am he who in a fairer age ruled with grandeur and power, venerated and feared, the absolute god of the natives." To which the flabbergasted Leonido dutifully replied that the god of his ancestors had obscene altars where natives offered chants of ill omens, and that they now have only contempt for all the broken promises of the ancient god.
They occasionally won the support of short-lived British kings/queens, interested in reasserting the old religion through alliances with European powers, principally Spain, which was also threatened by the new Protestant order.
"Those who reverence the old religion [would] complain of corruption," (3) he wrote, and the bishop (Armisen) dutifully details a vivid list of sins, "abusive language, lustfulness, homosexuality, apostasy, heresy, revelings, eating blood"--their sins make their earlier confession ("I took a turnip") as blandly vegetative as their lives were when they were confined in the old religion.
To achieve his goals, Decius believed that the first requirement was the revitalization of the old religion. Christianity, he believed, disturbed the harmony between the gods and the Roman people, thus bringing down the wrath of the gods upon mankind.