Confessions of a Recovering Fundamentalist

A few months ago, I was contacted through Facebook by a lady, Eliane, in Brazil, who I had baptized while I was a Mormon missionary there.  We both tiptoed around each other in our first exchange, but eventually disclosed that we had both left the Mormon church. To put this in context, I baptized probably [Read More...]

Quote: “She knows she’s not real.”

Someone in my UU discussion group shared this story today about a student who suffered from doubt over whether Kwan-Yin/Kannon/Tara actually exists. In frustration, he asked his teacher for help.  The lama closed his eyes for a few moments, then replied: “She knows she’s not real.” I wonder how this might apply to Pagan deities. [Read more...]

The waxing and waning of spiritual practice

I’ve written before about my struggle to maintain regular spiritual practice here and here and here.  Today, I came across some great advice in a comment to “Dver”‘s post at A Forest Door, “Do Not Stop You Devotions”, in which “Dver” advises not to stop devotions in times of personal crisis.  The comment was on a [Read More...]

But are the archetypes real?

Check out my new post at Dreaming the Myth Forward: “But are the archetypes real?”  This is a question that haunts any discussion of the archetypes, especially discussions of the gods as archetypes.  I have made the argument here and here that the polytheistic experience of deities can be explained in Jungian terms as archetypes.  [Read More...]

Why I am a Neo-Pagan, or One thing I agree with Sam Webster about

There’s a blogging project started over at Patheos, “Why am I a …”, in which bloggers are supposed to respond in 200 words or less.  Several Pagan bloggers have responded and their responses are worth checking out.  I’ve written before about the things that I love about Paganism.  But when I asked myself why I [Read More...]

Quote: Intellect in service to wonder

My posts tend to run a little long.  So, I’ve decided to start a thought-provoking quote series.  I’ll just be sharing the quote, with little to no commentary in the post, but feel free to comment and I’d be happy to discuss the quote in the comments with anyone who is interested. This week’s quote [Read More...]


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