Who do the gods sacrifice to?

I recently came across this review of Kimberley Christine Patton’s book, Religion of the Gods; Ritual, Paradox, and Reflexivity (2009).  In her book, Patton takes up the phenomenon of Classical depictions of the gods pouring libations and participating in sacrifices. The cultic action of the gods which is depicted most frequently is libations, but it [Read More...]

A case of tree murder

Below is part of the transcript of the Rachel Maddow show from last Friday, July 6, 2012.  The story is about an Alabama man accused of “desecrating a venerable object”.  What interests me is that the “venerable object” in this case is a pair of live oak trees on the campus of Auburn University.  I [Read More...]

“Once more into the fray …”

Spoiler Alert: The following post contains movie spoilers.  If you have not seen  Liam Neeson’s The Grey and you plan to, then don’t read this yet. A few weeks ago, I watched the movie, The Grey, starring Liam Neeson.  Neeson is one of may favorite “man’s man” actors.  I’ve loved many of the roles he [Read More...]

Recited Prayers

Here’s my nightly practice with my kids: Now I lay me down to sleep, And float into God’s/Goddess’ dreamy deep. For my life my thanks I give. To love this world, for this I live. When I wake in the morning light, May Goddess be with me and guide my sight. This is my variation [Read More...]

Ancient Paganism Memorial Day

Today is the date of the death of Julian the Apostate, the last pagan emperor, in 363 CE.  Like many of the cultural elites of his time, Julian was a philosophical pagan, viewing the pagan gods as allegorical.  He was also a student Neoplatonic theurgy. Julian encouraged the restoration of paganism as the state religion, [Read More...]

Why my story (and yours) is important

A week ago Sunday, in our Unitarian Sunday morning spirituality discussion group, we talked about what the Buddhist in our group called “now-ism”, a form of mindfulness, which is a kind of pseudo-Buddhism advocated by Eckhart Tolle and others.  We also talked about gurus and the need for spiritual teachers.  It was a good discussion.  [Read More...]


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