Here’s a great little piece from EsoterX on heirophany, religious revelation in the modern world, and the rise of the cult of the white panther:
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Our modern, interconnected world is so saturated with significance that its seems highly unlikely that a new religion could find purchase, so we look upon the historical rise and fall of alternate theologies as quaint museum pieces, worthy of examination, but no more vested with cosmological import that the latest political scandal. But all religions begin somewhere. Nail a guy to a cross these days, and you better be ready to invoke “stand-your-ground” laws. Renouncing your princely heritage and travelling South Asia as an ascetic philosopher seems like an exceptionally bad career move. If you see a burning bush, you’d better call the fire department. It’s not that these sorts of events go unremarked in the modern world, rather that absolutely everything is steeped in significance worthy of endless hours of commentary, social media exposure, and documentation for future generations.