Alone In Her Presence: Paganism’s Permission to Dare

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What is distinct about Paganism is that we have no litmus test for belief entry. Personally, I’m not deeply invested in what anyone believes, not my editor Jason Mankey or my fellow writer John Halstead. I am far more interested in what someone knows. I want to know about how you come into your magical experience. How you document it, break it apart and put it back together. [Read more...]

Why I am Still a Heathen

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Patheos is doing a summer series called “Future of Faith in America”. The Pagan channel’s spot will be up on August 26. In preparation for this event, our Managing Editor Jason Mankey has started a series for the month of august called “Why I’m Still a Pagan”. I think this is a brilliant topic, and I’ve really enjoyed the various responses so far. So to that end, here’s why I’m still a Heathen. [Read more...]

Happily Heathen: My Journey to Devotional Polytheism

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The path I took from Christianity to Devotional Polytheism was guided by a need for direct interaction with deity and a desire to connect more with my ancestry. Heathenry gave me both. #WhyIAmHappilyHeathen [Read more...]

Spear of Athena: Reconstructionism as Methodology, Strengths and Weaknesses

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The strengths and weaknesses of reconstructionism as a methodology are many and varied, and are things that could be hotly debate by individuals for a while, the views presented are my own as arrived at by introspection and contemplation as well as by interaction with various Hellenists and reconstructionists of other polytheistic faiths. [Read more...]

Dandelion Seeds: Polytheism and Polyamory are a Natural Combination

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A poly perspective on religion and life leads to greater compassion and the sacredness of relationships. [Read more...]

Personal Gnosis: A Conversation

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Personal Gnosis. Polytheism. Paganism. The writers at Patheos Pagan get together to discuss personal gnosis and campfire consensus. [Read more...]

Spear of Athena: Books for the Curious and New

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Shifting to a polytheistic theology takes more than just reading a couple of books; it helps to learn about models which have persisted into the modern world, too. So here is Conor’s slightly different list “starter” books: two for historical background and two for just starting to foment a new perspective. [Read more...]


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