in which saint applebees reflects on their past with faith while moving out of their parents’ house - featuring: gay awakenings, the rejection of black and white thinking, and the parallels of love and the divine
thinking about how the statue thats supposedly a deer god/protector spirit offered no protection when scott was being chased by xornoth....
thinking about how scott said the guy who he's the reincarnation of combined his powers with aeor....
anyways so who wants to hop on the newest scott headcanon bandwagon: scott is actually just aeor.
that's the reason his kingdom hasn't been protected from xornoth by aeor; aeor has no real power anymore. neither does exor. the reincarnations of their former followers, scott and xornoth, are now the true gods. and xornoth has learned to use their power....while scott hasn't.
Marcy, gesticulating wildly: I'm just saying, humans are inherently biased. We want to think that death isn't the end. We want to believe in a benevolent, all-powerful creator. Which makes sense! The alternatives are really scary! But we can't let that fear cloud our judgment. And if you actually step back and look at the evidence for intelligent design, or an afterlife, it's pretty flimsy.
Anne, lying in bed and staring at the ceiling: I dunno, Marbles, this doesn't seem like the kind of thing science can answer. You'll just run up against more questions. Like, why did the big bang happen? Why does gravity and matter and stuff follow this particular set of rules, and not some other rules? There's gotta be a greater purpose behind it all. Maybe not a god, but like…a plan. The universe's plan.
Sasha, not looking up from her phone: If God isn't dead yet, I'm gonna kill him myself.
Religious romance-positive grayaro culture is thinking you wouldn't mind being in a relationship until you learn that one of the women from chruch wants her son to get with you or your sister, and then sobbing on the inside. Or seeing how they expect marriage to happen to everyone and also get into their business when they do... And then you question if you want a relationship at all.
"Both within the trans community, as well as the general population, there is a lot of debate about the validity of certain trans identities and what criteria need to be met to reach 'real' transness. These debates result in painful gatekeeping, where people who are struggling to be seen as our full selves are told we still don’t belong. For me, I take שמירת הלשון / Sh’mirat Ha’Lashon as an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the ways we interact with other people, and not to undermine other people’s dignity by questioning whether other people really are at their core who they say they are.
Guarding one’s language doesn’t just mean refraining from saying certain things. It also means being intentional about what you do say and specifically how you say it. It’s not enough to not misgender people, not question their validity, not speak negatively about them; we need to use language that is inclusive, intentional, and clear."
— Elianna Kruskal (he/they), age 18, excerpt from Keshet newsletter
spoilers for scott's latest empires episode but i think the implications surrounding elves and religion when it comes to the church he built are really interesting.
like he built a whole church and said it was a church to aeor, but he didn't really seem to know what to do with it once it was finished. which out of character- well, i wouldnt know what to do with a church either, so thats very fair mr. smajor. in character, though, there's the interesting implication that whatever form of religion the elves practice doesnt typically involve churchgoing, especially since scott got the idea to build it from a wedding of other rulers. we know they have some sort of reverence towards aeor, but it's entirely possible that churches are more of a human thing and elves worship in other ways. maybe they leave offerings at the statue of aeor? that would be my first thought, but who knows.
also, the idea of c!scott vaguely knowing that churches are a) for a deity and b) for weddings but not really getting the full point is kinda hilarious.
"ah yes ill build a church so i can get married someday"
"...are you not gonna use it for anything else?"
"no, just weddings. what else are you supposed to use it for?"
florence + the machine - no light / william turner - regulus / albert camus - the stranger / caspar david friedrich - mountainous river landscape; day version + night version / acts 9 of the apostles - st. paul’s conversion
If you think leftists shouldn’t criticize religion in general because the only religion that can reasonably be criticized is Christianity then that mean you condone every aspect of Modi, Erdogan, and Netanyahu’s policies. Sorry I don’t make the rules.
Hi! As always, lovely work with all the HCs! Can I possibly get Year One and AK Scarecrow with a s/o who turns out to be a deeply religious person? Would they still be interested in continuing this relationship?
Year One!Jonathan Crane + Religious Partner HCs:
You would think that, considering his trauma, he'd be dead-set against it. But, while holding his own opinions, Jonathan is not simple-minded enough to believe that everyone was like his Great Grandmother.
As long as you don't try to pressure him into converting, or constantly try to push your religion down his throat, he doesn't really care what you believe in. You do what you want, it's none of his business.
He tends to keep what he thinks about your religious tendencies to himself. However, he does ask you about things now and then, as he wants to know more about your personal perspective and experience.
Arkhamverse!Jonathan Crane + Religious Partner HCs:
For this particular Jon, religion is a perfect example of how intrinsically and deeply rooted fear can become in the very experience of one's life. Demons, the devil, even the concept of Hell itself. It's all so...interesting.
He doesn't care that you're religious, but he does grill you on the deeper fears that are often associated with the more "mainstream" religions. What's your experience like? Do you fear the same things? How much?
Honestly, for the sake of your own mental health, it probably wouldn't be good for you to keep being in a relationship with this version of Jon. He is not at all afraid to use what he knows about your religion against you.