Friday, January 09, 2009

It's Been Linked with the Darkness!

Confront your misgivings! Join the Rev. Peter Owen-Jones, Anglican priest, into this journey into the deepest heart of darkness -- among some ordinary-seeming Australian Witches.

"I'm aware of certain objects, quite frankly, that have always disturbed me."

A giggle-worthy proof that pith-helmet anthropology of religion lives on. Will the Rev. Owen-Jones go skyclad?

(Via Caroline Tully.)

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Blogger Yewtree said...

I am quite surprised that he was initially so negative (since he quite happily went off to India to be a sadhu), but at least he went in with an open mind and took part. Hmm, though, if even the lovely Peter Owen-Jones starts off with all those negative stereotypes about us, how are we ever going to convince the heavy evangelical wing of the Anglicans to live and let live?

Anyway, the witches interviewed seemed very nice and personable. A pity they didn't get more air-time.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Bo said...

I quailed at his appalling grasp of history.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Jamie Goodwin said...

I have to agree with Bo, if nothing else we have learned that is not only some Pagans who believe in the literal truth of the "burning times".

I am quite proud of him though. THAT looks more like interfaith work than anything done by John Morehead.

12:52 PM  
OpenID annehill said...

Priceless! Can we get a show of hands: who here thinks he should man up and take his clothes off? You know he wants to...

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Star said...

I wouldn't flip religions either with only two hours and pressure from people I just met. It takes time for some. When he left the circle, he did go through a door, right? It didn't look like it.

11:43 PM  
Blogger Caroline Tully said...

I thought the biggest problem with it was the blithe repetition of Burning Times-style 'history'. I thought the Rev should have done a bit more research, but perhaps he liked to get his background from modern Witches themselves.

3:45 AM  
Blogger Pitch313 said...

I think that, all in all, we Pagans are far too beglamoured by TV and by being "on TV."

10:01 AM  

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