Goddess as a Personal Presence

In a recent post, I wrote about polytheistic religious experience from a Jungian perspective.  Recently I came across two posts about the ontological nature of feminist monotheistic experience of Goddess, both on the Feminism and Religion community blog. The first was by Molly Remer, entitled “Who is She? The Existence of an Ontological Goddess”.  She [Read More...]

Unitarian growth and Pagan (dis)organization

Over at The Wild Hunt, Jason Pitzl-Waters has posted about the growth of the UU over the last 10 years, a growth of 15%.  This is notable in the face of the general decline of other liberal denominations.  When you factor in about 10% population growth, that’s still real, albeit modest, growth.  “Apuleius Platonicus” points [Read More...]

Are the gods real?

Do we worship the same gods? Over at Patheos, Star Foster recently published an interesting post on the “Problem of the Personal Experience”.  In it she explains that she recently turned down the opportunity to edit a devotional anthology to the god Hephaistos, who she worships.  She writes: “The reason I couldn’t do it is [Read More...]

Mysteria Misc. Maxima @ Invocatio: a blog *mostly* about Western esotericism

For a few months now, I’ve been following the weekly Mysteria Misc. Maxima posts at the Invocatio blog, “a blog *mostly* about Western esotericism”, which is written by former journalist turned religious studies student and esotericist Sarah Veale.  Veale brings together other blog posts and news items of interest to esotercists and the like.  There are [Read More...]

Happiness and Depression, Sacrality and Spirituality

I’ve come across several good posts on other blogs recently that tie in with subjects that I have tackled here. Happiness and Mormons First, AskMormonGirl, Joanna Brooks, tackles the myth of Mormon happiness: “… there are lots of sad, anxious, and depressed Mormons too — though you might never tell from the outside. There are [Read More...]

Defining Paganism and Neopaganism

I can’t believe I am diving into this linguistic swamp again, but here goes. Recently, I’ve been engaging in some online discussions with polytheists and the “Pagan enough” debate was aroused, of course, and it got me thinking. One person in particular, L.S.,  insisted that the term “Pagan” is meaningless and should be abandoned — [Read More...]


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