WEEK IN RELIGION
Construction is underway in Iceland on the Scandinavian nation’s first temple dedicated to the Norse gods in more than a thousand years. The pagan gods have gained popularity in recent years, though supporters say it is less about believing in one-eyed men riding around on eight-footed horses than about seeing ancient stories as metaphors for human psychology. At present, Asatruarfelagid — the organization that promotes faith in the Norse gods — has 2,400 members. The temple will be built on a hill overlooking the Icelandic capital city, Reykjavik.
In the wake of the terrorist attack on French satire publication Charlie Hebdo, the Pew Research Center conducted a poll on whether or not it was OK for the magazine to publish cartoons that picture the Prophet Muhammad. About 60 percent of respondents said it was OK to publish the cartoons, while another 28 percent said it was not OK. (Another 12 percent said they weren’t sure.)
‘The Nuns of Sant’Ambroglio’ by Hubert Wolf
What emerges through the fog of centuries is a scandal of ecclesiastical significance, skillfully brought to light and vividly reconstructed in scholarly detail. Offering a broad historical background on female mystics and the cult of the Virgin Mary, and drawing on written testimony and original documents, Professor Wolf — Germany’s leading scholar of the Catholic Church — tells the incredible story of how one woman was able to perpetrate deception, heresy, seduction and murder in the heart of the Church itself.
Bible Belt: Areas of the United States that are noted for a prevalence of strict evangelical Christian teachings, particularly in the South and Midwest. Writer H.L. Mencken coined the phrase in 1925 while reporting on the Scopes Trial in Tennessee.
RELIGION AROUND THE WORLD
According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Georgia is:
• Orthodox Christian: 83.9 percent
• Muslim: 9.9 percent
• Armenian-Gregorian: 3.9 percent
• Catholic: 0.8 percent
• Other: 0.8 percent
• None: 0.7 percent
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Religion News: Iceland to erect temple for worshipping Norse gods
WEEK IN RELIGION