The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: When a friend turns to fundamentalism

Can we not have the "life, meaning, and beauty" without the "swindle of religious belief"? Can we not have the peace without the "illusion"? Can not my friend find salvation from suicide without resort to religious fundamentalism? [Read more...]

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The center cannot hold: UPG as a centrifugal force

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Personal gnosis is always potentially threatening to community. In order for a community like Paganism to survive, it must find a way to integrate personal gnosis with the communal identity. [Read more...]

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Losing My Religion: The illusion of choice in religious leave-taking

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It was out of necessity, not principle, that I left Mormonism. I count myself fortunate that other divine hands found me. [Read more...]

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Wonder and Death: Why only adults can really appreciate nature

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Driving through Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado River, knowing that this beauty existed long before me and will continue to be long after I am gone, fosters in me a sense of gratitude for the brief but magnificent opportunity that is my life. These are experiences that are lost on my children. They are lost on them because they do not yet know how fleeting life is. They do not really know yet that they will someday die. [Read more...]

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10 reasons I care about the same sex marriage rulings

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I care because I’m a human being and I feel the pain of other human beings who have suffered isolation, discrimination, intolerance, and violence for loving the “wrong” people. [Read more...]

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Being the Allergic Pagan: My lover’s quarrel with the world

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The irony of being a Pagan with seasonal allergies symbolizes an essential conflict at the core of my psyche, a conflict between the desire for communion with nature on the one hand and the desire to transcend nature on the other. [Read more...]

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