“… a religion of atmosphere instead of faith, a cosmos, in a word, constructed by the imagination.”

So wrote American scholar of new religions Robert S. Elwood in 1973, describing the then-new and burgeoning religious movement known as neo-Paganism. Elwood was among the first academics to pay any serious attention to the phenomenon that it pleases us, now, to refer to as Cultpunk, or (less edgily, more splendidly) as Poetic Faith; the creation of new religions as works of art.

For present purposes:

Cultpunk refers to the manifestation of imagined religions in fiction and pop culture, whereas

Poetic Faith refers to the class of new religions that – overtly or otherwise – celebrate the role of the artistic imagination in their own creations.

Without any further ado, we invite you to read the Cultpunk Manifesto and then dive into our posts.

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