Finding the Pagan Goddess in a Mormon temple

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Mormons believe in a Heavenly Mother, but are not allowed to pray to or even speak about her. It’s very strange to have a part of your dogma that is taboo to speak about. And it was painful for me, to have the possibility of communion with the Divine Feminine open and shut to me in one movement. [Read more...]

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Neo-Paganism.org is now in the Beta testing phase

Neo-Paganism.org is an attempt to outline a Neo-Paganism that is distinct from both devotional and reconstructionist polytheisms and from traditional esoteric witchcraft. As “Pagan” is used increasingly as an umbrella term, some of us are left without a name to call our own. “Neo-Pagan” was the term originally used for us (coined by Oberon Zell), and like Phaedra Bonewits, I would like to see the term reclaimed. [Read more...]

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The Travails of a Pagan in a Dual Faith Household

Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection

A Pagan’s First Communion This past Easter, I attended an Easter service at the Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection with some Unitarian friends.  It was a gorgeous service in a stunning venue.  They had a full orchestra, and the house was packed.  And I actually took communion.  It was a Lutheran style service with [Read More...]

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Happy Birthday Patheos: My Most Popular Posts

Patheos is 5 years old!  We’re also coming up next month on my one year anniversary at Patheos (and just 3 years blogging in all)! I went back and look to see what were the most popular posts here at Allergic Pagan since moving to Patheos.  I’ve listed the top 6 in reverse order below.  [Read More...]

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How James Frazer (inadvertently) saved Easter for Neo-Pagans

“Reborn” by Tomasz Alen Kopera

Rebirth is something very much on my mind at this time of year, as I notice the the buds appearing on the trees, the birds singing again in the morning, and the wild geese returning north. For this Pagan, Easter is celebration of the parousia, the manifestation of Indestructible Life which shows forth in the warming sun and the rising green grass, as well as in the lifting of my spirit from the shroud of internal winter. So I feel no cognitive dissonance in celebrating the Easter holiday with my Christian wife this year. The point for me isn’t that Jesus was a Dying God, but that the Dying God lives in me. Whether life is in humans, in animals, or in plants, it is always Life, and when the incomprehensible point that is called rebirth comes, it is always Jesus who returns, alike to a tree and to a human being. [Read more...]

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New Post at Humanistic Paganism: “The Mystic Demystified: Making theistic language serve the religious naturalist”

I have a new essay which analyzes how a poem by Don Marquis was modified for inclusion in the Unitarian Universalist hymnal. A comparison of poem and the hymn provides an interesting case study in the how religious naturalists use religious language. [Read more...]

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