The New Religion Wiki

The New Religion Wiki is: (…) a free online encyclopedia where contributors edit, converse about religion, philosophy, ethics, or life in general. Since our reformation of 2014 we’ve maintained 139 articles about religions formed by our contributors (along with articles on currently existing new religious movements). Serving as both an encyclopedia and hangout, contributors have … Read moreThe New Religion Wiki

“Lapine Faith: The Importance of the Quasi-Religious Structure in Richard Adams’ Watership Down”

Click here to read Benjamin J. Benefiel’s 1999 honors thesis: This discussion of Richard Adams’ contemporary classic novel Watership Down, a tale of survival for a group of wandering rabbits, analyzes the importance of the quasi-religious structure of the characters within. Through the lapine mythological storytelling tradition, the characters of the novel can understand the … Read more“Lapine Faith: The Importance of the Quasi-Religious Structure in Richard Adams’ Watership Down”

“Fictional and Constructed Religions”

Blogger Yvonne Aburrow writes: Constructed religions, whatever their origins, suggest that there is a need not filled by pre-existing religions, and offer new ideas, stories, and rituals. Many of them focus on environmental concerns. Parody religions perform the very important function of preventing religion from taking itself too seriously – but if they are well-constructed, … Read more“Fictional and Constructed Religions”

“Make ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ Your New Religion”

As suggested on the BackRow.com movie blog: The Electrical Life of Lous Wain conjures the same sort of exhilaration that documentaries Jodorowsky’s Dune and Beauty is Embarrassing bring their viewers; the wildly ecstatic high of one man’s vision striking those around him like a lightning bolt, leaving the permanent marks of what was and will … Read more“Make ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ Your New Religion”

“The Sacred in Fantastic Fandom: Essays on the Intersection of Religion and Pop Culture”

From the publisher’s blurb: To the casual observer, similarities between fan communities and religious believers are difficult to find. Religion is traditional, institutional, and serious; whereas fandom is contemporary, individualistic, and fun. Can the robes of nuns and priests be compared to cosplay outfits of Jedi Knights and anime characters? Can travelling to fan conventions … Read more“The Sacred in Fantastic Fandom: Essays on the Intersection of Religion and Pop Culture”

“The Bacchae” (1991)

Elizabeth Hand’s short story The Bacchae takes place in a near-future world of sky-shields and mutant fish, awakening to dark-red, cultic magics: A shadow sped across the ground. For an instant it blotted out the sun and Gordon looked up, startled. He had an impression of something immense, immense and dark and moving very quickly … Read more“The Bacchae” (1991)

“Houses Under the Sea” (2003)

Caitlin R. Kiernan’s short dark fantasy story Houses Under the Sea introduces the charismatic academic-turned-Lovecraftian-cult-leader Jacova Angevine: When I close my eyes, I see Jacova Angevine. I close my eyes, and there she is, standing alone at the end of the breakwater, standing with the foghorn as the choppy sea shatters itself to foam against … Read more“Houses Under the Sea” (2003)