From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 15:33:27 -0600 Archived: Mon, 10 Jan 2011 08:43:59 -0500 Subject: Re: Psychic Rendlesham >From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 15:00:26 -0400 >Subject: Re: Psychic Rendlesham >>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul> >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >>Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2011 20:39:32 +0000 >>Subject: Psychic Rendlesham >>If you thought that the 'binary message' was as low as the sorry >>saga which is Rendlesham could get, it appears now that a group >>of psychics plus the ubiquitous Nick Pope are getting in on the >>act according to this promotional trailer: >>And someone claimed that ufology is not a religion? >Don't know about any binary connection. It seems to me to be as >out there but perhaps less absurd than Ian Ridpath's lighthouse >theory. >I find more religious connotation in fairies and angels. What's >your take on that premise? When one gets a degree, for example, >in Folklore Studies would that put them on a par with biblical >studies? Are they related; a branch thereof? Don, These questions are rather mangled, I'm afraid. I encourage you to read a book on folklore. Or, specifically, you could read my chapter on fairy experience in my own book, Hidden Realms. Folklore is not tied in particular to religion, except to the degree that, in common with all human activity (e.g., sex, sports, the entertainment industry, your neighbors' doings, work, politics) - you name it - religion generates a body of evolving, protean oral lore, rumor, and speculation. Which means only that, like everything else, religious belief, doctrine, and the like are processed in normal, recognizable human ways by non-elites. Biblical scholarship at an academic level is neither folklore nor folkloristics, but a discipline that fuses linguistics, history, philosophy, and theology. Nor, on a whole other level, are the fairies of tradition tied to religion in any meaningful sense. In the meaningless sense, if one ties _all_ anomalous, supernatural, or non-consensus reality experience to "religion", then the term essentially means whatever you want it to mean, in other words not much the rest of us need worry about. It is true that the less secular ordinary folk of other eras sometimes struggled to understand fairies and other mysteries, natural and supernatural - just as they struggled to understand everything else in their environment - through a biblical filter. Mostly, they came to the nonscriptural conclusion that fairies exist on some level between the divine and the human. Mostly, though, they just feared them, viewing them as one more menace in an already dangerous world. _Non_traditional fairies - those that figure in Spiritualism or New Age mysticism - are figures that one can call religiously generated inasmuch as they've been drafted into modernist theological frameworks. But since you're talking about folklore, I assume you mean the fairies of tradition, where fairies had as much, or as little, religious significance as giants, monsters, and ghosts. Jerry Clark Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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