Folkish vs. Universalist, and other thoughts
On the subject of other religions, I feel that those are fine for them, this is right for me. I can even admire and gleam gems of knowledge from them still, as long as I remember that anything comes from an outside source. In Heathenry, the Lore is most important in rebuilding the mindset of our ancestors in today's world. Kinda a hard row to hoe, but we try. That said, I like reading "Ask the Rabbi" on Gun Owners Alliance. You might not know it from looking at the modern Liberal- majority of Judaism, but they have a long tradition of strong tribalism and a strong belief of near-militant self-defense, that has been "thrown under the bus" for modern times. I understand their history has long periods of subjugation under the graces of the local rulers, and frequently packing-up and moving due to a change of rulers and a change of attitude toward the Jews. I think it's kinda shameful that Christianity is divided over the right of self-defense also, since Jesus clearly told them, "If you do not have a sword, and you have two cloaks, sell one cloak and buy a sword." The world's a dangerous place, nearly ever religion demands that its followers practice some sort of defense against unprovoked attacks on the self and others. I like Thor for that reason, he was a protector of the weak and a destroyer of monsters. Not to exclude the other Gods, I just prefer Thor for this reason. I acknowledge Odin's wisdom and his suffering to gain the runes, and Freyr and Freya being the hosts of fertility, and so on.