The Zen Pagan: I Don’t Know

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Some teachers have called this “don’t know” the very heart of Zen. There are many layers to it, but one of the most important is its warning against certainty. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: You — Yes, *You* — Can Dance (If You Want To)

Dancing fool. (Photo by Larry Cohen/I Shot Baltimore, used by permission.)

When I was a kid I was so uncoordinated that during gym class I was sent off to special sessions where a teaching assistant would play catch with me in an attempt to improve my hand-eye coordination. It took me forever to learn to ride a bike. I was the last to be chosen whenever teams were picked, and when I played rec league sports I spent as much time on the sidelines as the coach could get away with before he put me in at the least vital position. Dance is one of the ways I connected to my body, found my physicality. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: The Politically Incorrect Pagan

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Since no one else seems to want to say it, I will: the fake workshop listing in the joke program was legitimate satire and the authors don’t owe anyone an apology. If anyone owes an apology, it is those who were calling for the authors to be ejected from the conference. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: “What does a Zen Pagan Atheist ritual look like?”

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A friend inquired, “What does a Zen Pagan Atheist ritual look like?” Which is a pretty good question, and one that I’m still figuring out the answer to. I don’t have a liturgy, but I do have some principles–some preferences–and I’d like to share five of them with you today. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: What Does It Mean For the Gods to Exist?

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To answer the question “Do the deities exist?”, we need to answer two questions, just two trivial little matters: 1) What is a god? 2) What does it mean to exist? [Read more...]

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The Zen Pagan: My Best Superbowl Sunday Ever

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A psychedelic can only act as a catalyst, speeding up a reaction that would have happened anyway given enough time and energy. If you are utterly lost and directionless and take a psychedelic, you will be utterly lost and directionless in a faster and more energetic manner. You have to build the circuit, carve the channel, before you add the energy. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Religion, Identity, Practice, Doctrine, Is, and Ought

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Crouch suggests that if we applied critical thinking to religion the same way we apply it to consumer choices, supernaturalism would quickly fall. But I think he is mistaken in believing that critical thinking plays much of a role in our consumer choices! If it did, surely all the money and energy put into the black magic of advertising would be a waste. [Read more...]


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