September 28, 2020 at 11:39 pm #39926
Appia Claudia HeminaDenarii: 𐆖 104.50PlebeiusGallia Mississippia
I have been following the senate meeting with much interest, being new, it is incredibly engaging.
I see that plans are in place to restore the ancient Collegium Pontificum and the Sibylline Books. What a marvelous and ambitious plan! However, I’d like to add a few notes on these plans. My dear Romans, genuine restorationism consists of walking on a sharp knife. I believe we see too many words centered around traditionalism nowadays for the sake of reenactment. This goes way past orthopraxy, and I distinctly understand the value of this principle for the CDR. There are severe risks of focusing on reenactment over pragmatism of restoration of tradition. Condemning electricity, digital tools for reading scripts, endorsing animal sacrifice, or irrelevant ancient religious law such as defining private versus public land and so on, risks destroying all that has been accomplished. If you take the role-playing too far, you will find the other side, where even good-intentioned people argue, “are you in favor of things like animal sacrifices or limiting the roles of women?” I say let some things rot in the past!
We must not role-play our religion. We must live it and make it relevant for today. Think in terms of relevance in the present, of the role that the Gods play nowadays, not only practice as a means of studying history. The future of the CDR lies in tomorrow, not the past!
A compromise needs to be reached between the ancient system and modernity. We must notice that by “Roman System” we need to understand the roman system as described by Polibios, the merging of the Aristotelian three perfect ancient governments… But this is a discussion to latter…
I am grateful that you took the time to read these humble words of a new citizen.September 29, 2020 at 10:34 am #39938
Gaius Florius LupusDenarii: 𐆖 231.65PatriciusNo Province
Salue Claudia Hemina!
I fully agree with you, although I have to confess that I was among those who criticized the use of electric candles for Vesta. If we want to stay relevant as a religion, we have to make the same adaptations as did other religions. The Western Latin Church should serve as a guideline to tell us what changes are necessary and what should be preserved. We don’t want to come across more uncivilized than them.
But even Christian churches use real candles on the altar, not LED lamps.
Nevertheless no attempt to reconstruct the old religion should go against established cultural practices in the Western world. Animal sacrifices would for example look barbaric in our times. Here we need some adjustments in the rites.
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