Empower the True Muslims;They Are Hope for Humanity

Since the Boston bombing, the newscasters have talked nonstop and nonsense about Muslims, saying nothing positive. Newscasters and all others who have not read the Qu’ran, who do not know what the Five Pillars are, and who badmouth Muslims and Islam are speaking out of ignorance and bigotry. They deserve being told to shut their mouths. [Read more…]

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I Had a Jewish Grandfather Named Kelly

Even in my forties, I still learned things by talking with my mother. On her sixty-fourth birthday, I asked her, “About your father.  What did he feel, believe, do?” “He came to Mass, stood in back, helped to collect the money, and especially he liked Mary.” “But did he think he was Jewish?” “Why, yes, [Read More…]

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On Jesus as a Gnostic

 Why write about him at all? Because, like it or not, he is the protagonist in the story of Western civilization. You know about him; you have a theory about him, even if it’s that you should ignore him. But, as with most topics, it’s better to be well-informed than to be ignorant. Before 1945, [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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The Gnostic Bible: A Review

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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Spiritual Maturity for Pagans—and Everyone Else

A scale of spiritual maturity for Pagans and others, built on a model originally designed by poet William Blake. [Read more…]

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Raymond Buckland and Seax-Wica

In my last blog about the Gardnerians, I indicated that, because of changes in his life situation, in 1973 Ray Buckland found himself at loose ends. Further, after a decade of administering the Long Island coven, he had come to see some disadvantages in the Gardnerian Tradition as received from Lady Olwen, particularly its hierarchic [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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