This week on Black Hoodie Alchemy, we’re talking all things Christianity and Paganism from a comparative religious point of view. Along with Buddhist meditation instructor and my colleague Justin Otto (host of the Dharma Junkie podcast and Gulf Coast Dharma) we are finally blessed with the return of Redneck Mystic Extraordinaire Tippy Patson! A man known for leading The League of Extordniary Gents in the Everglades, bathing in his own urine to speak to angels, wrestling Illuminati shape-shifting gators, and so much more – Tippy Patson has some very unique, drug-inspired views and beliefs about Christianity.
A self-proclaimed “true Christian” himself (inspired by his mystical father and grandfather, Tippothy and Tippothia) Tippy is here to explicitly map out the comparative religious motifs that are shared by Paganism and Christianity, with Justin Otto doing his very best to keep Tippy on track in spite of his redneck drug-haze. Unfortunately, if you haven’t picked up on it yet, I was unable to be a part of this conversation on account of some pressing Indiana-Jones-esque cryptozoological adventures that I had to tend to.
Interestingly, Tippy gets into many things like: the fertility symbolism of the evergreen tree in Druid spirituality, also the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, St. Nicholas and the dawn of Christmas, creationist theme-parks, Curious George, adrenochrome, and most importantly: Kirk Cameron’s movie “Kirk Cameron Saves Christmas”. Yes, that Kirk Cameron from Growing Pains. Lastly, if you’re confused as to why there is so much Christmas discussion in this episode – so was Justin.
Aside from Christianity and Paganism tying together through Christmas sort of, and aside from Tippy’s fixation on “Santa the Clause”, there seems to be a lot of general misplaced Christmas spirit in this episode that we didn’t know what to do with. But rest assured, Tippy was sure ready to bring it! I hope you find this conversation as informative as I did.
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Written by: Anthony Tyler