Why we need a statement of Pagan “first principles”

At my UU Church this Sunday, we had a planned discussion of what people wanted more/less of in the worship service.  We wrote things we liked and things we wanted to change on sticky notes and note cards.  Many of the comments, including my own, asked for more spirituality in the worship service.  This was [Read More...]

Check out B. T. Newberg’s post: “In defense of ‘gods’”

Check out B. T. Newberg’s recent post at Humanistic Paganism: “In defense of ‘gods’”, where he discusses the usefulness of the term to naturalistic Pagans. [Read more...]

When everything is sacred, nothing is

I’ve often wondered what it is that makes humans human.  Is it our developed forebrains and opposable thumbs?  We’ve named ourselves homo sapiens.  We are the wise apes.  We make tools.  We make war. Eliade called us homo religiosus.  We are the animals that bury our dead.  Others have proposed that what makes us human is [Read More...]

The cruel miracle of spring

So spring has arrived.  It’s beautiful.  We have our windows open.  Just in time for the spring equinox.  Not that we won’t have one last freeze in the next few weeks, like nature’s own Walpurgis Night — the last ride of the spirits of winter. Nature is a tease. And right on time, my allergies [Read More...]

Jesus saved me from Christianity … so I could become Pagan

Jason Mankey recently posted an interesting essay about what he calls the “Pagan/Atheist alliance“.  In his post, Jason raises the question whether Christians are, at least in some instances, the more natural ally of Pagans than atheists.  He specifically has in mind those atheists who tend to mock all religion, seeming for sport.  He also [Read More...]

Happy Holi-Day

Saturday night I went to the Hindu Holi festival at the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago with my wife and kids. It was great. I was amazed by how friendly and welcoming everyone was. There were probably only 10 white faces there, including the four of us, and hundreds of Indians. People were throwing colored [Read More...]


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