Knowledge Rather Than Faith

When the ecstasy hit, I gasped and looked up at the ceiling above my desk, where a circle of intense light filled my field of vision. I was hearing a voice that poured information into me too fast for words to form. My body felt light, as if I were floating, as if all the blackness within me had sublimed, in the chemical sense of passing directly from a solid state to a gaseous one. [Read more...]

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On Being Outside All the Boxes

Having been working (for a long time) on a novel about the same alternative universe as in my Goddess Murder, I have been looking for books on Mary Magdalene, the Gnostics, and suchlike. Recently I found Secrets of Mary Magdalene. Don’t be put off by the title. It is a well-balanced anthology of interviews with [Read More...]

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Imagine Jesus Holding Hands with the Goddess

One cannot talk about both Christianity and the Craft in the same breath IF if one defines them in such a way that they share no common ground at all. [Read more...]

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The Gnostic Bible: A Review

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I think it logically impossible for Rabbi Joshua (commonly known as Jesus) to have believed or taught that our sexuality is sinful rather than our most precious gift. [Read more...]

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Taking Responsibility for Feelings

I see that an all-male court in Iowa has ruled that an employer can fire a woman merely because he finds her attractive. The dentist who fired her argued that he was defending family values because she was a threat to his marriage. It is almost depressing to see here the same problem that Rabbi Joshua of Nazareth preached against 2000 years ago. [Read more...]

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Goddess Murder

My novel Goddess Murder is essentially a love story, about the romance between a college professor and a hereditary Witch, and how it is set off when the professor receives three apocryphal gospels smuggled out of the Vatican library by a Jesuit colleague who is then murdered. [Read more...]

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Of Blogging and Poetry

Now that I’ve been blogging for a few months, I have some opinions about it. Serious writing about things religious does not attract a mass audience, unlike action thrillers and other children’s literature. [Read more...]

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Aphrodiphobia, Part IV: The Logical Consequences of the First Commandment

The “First Commandment” under discussion here is not that in the Decalogue, but the one in Genesis 1:28: God blessed them by saying, “Be fertile and increase in numbers. Fill the earth and subdue it. . . . “ In the King James translation, “blessed them and said,” the blessing appears to be different from [Read More...]

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Aphrodiphobia, the Sistine Heresy, and Ecstasy, Part I

“If Catholicism were really like what Greeley describes, there would be no need for the Craft.” Lady Epona (Julie O’R.) Given what I discuss in the next few installments, please understand that I am not a hostile non-Catholic. I was raised in the church and, after a commodius vicus of recirculation, was trained as a [Read More...]

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The End of My Catholic Boyhood

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In order for you, dear reader, to see why I think about religion as I do, you need to know what happened to me at age 14. One Saturday evening in the summer of 1955, I was sitting at my desk in an alcove of the basement suite of rooms my father had built for [Read More...]

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