“Sound’s like Daddy’s at church.”: American Pieism

“Sound’s like Daddy’s at church.”  That’s what my daughter told my wife this morning when she heard me singing (loudly) to Don McLean’s American Pie in the shower this morning. Yesterday my daughter was playing American Pie on Guitar Hero and she was complaining that it is 8 minutes long, much longer than the average [Read More...]

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M is for Masturbation

Lucy: “Where are you?” Devil/Dad: I’m at my dildo factory. Lucy: You have a dildo factory? Devil/Dad: Of course, Sinsperations. Lucy: I love Sinsperations! I mailed a letter with recommendations! Devil/Dad: Whoa! Daddy doesn’t want to hear about baby’s ideas on dildos. … Lucy: I’m a big masturbator. I can come there and do product [Read More...]

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A Christian Take on Contemporary Paganism

I was extremely gratified to read Paul Louis Metzger’s recent post about contemporary Paganism at Patheos, entitled “Idol Makers”. Metzger succinctly, but accurately (in my opinion), tackles such issues as the Pagan materiality (i.e., idolatry), the spectrum of beliefs about the ontological nature of divinity, and the gendering of divinity.  Addressing himself to fellow Christians, [Read More...]

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Am I an animist?

Don’t let us imagine we see the sun as the old civilisations saw it. All we see is a scientific little luminary, dwindled to a ball of blazing gas. In the centuries before Ezekiel and John, the sun was still a magnificent reality, men drew forth from him strength and splendor, and gave him back [Read More...]

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Religion vs. Therapy

Over at Patheos, in a post entitled, “another false divide”, deity-centric hard polytheist Aine makes a case that worship of the gods should benefit the worshiper as much as the worshipee.  Believe it or not, this is something of a radical statement to make in the polytheistic community.  Aine’s post is in response to the [Read More...]

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Longing and Grace in Lev Grossman’s The Magician King

God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. … – Rilke You, the great homesickness I could never shake off … – Rilke I [Read More...]

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