“The Great Story”: A Non-Theistic Cosmology

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“The Great Story” is the 14 billion year narrative of the evolution of the cosmos, the planet Earth, biological life, and human culture. And it is a myth, in the best sense of that word, but one that happens to be literally true; it is a narrative that orders our world, helps us understand our place in it, shows us how to live meaningful lives, and enables us to come to terms with our own finitude. [Read more...]

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The Mormon Church Leaders Still Don’t Get It

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The fact that the Mormon leadership did not at first consider the situation of children of divorced parents shows how out of touch they are with the reality of contemporary families. But even the “clarification” reveals their ignorance of how complex and fluid custodial arrangements can be. [Read more...]

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A “Valiant Attempt” to Bridge the Gap Between Pagans and Environmentalists

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“It is clear that Paganism and environmentalism are close allies in building a more sustainable future for the planet. It’s as if the two groups speak different languages, and “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” is a valiant attempt to appeal to both Pagans and environmentalists at once, to identify common ground and common cause.” [Read more...]

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My Religion is Rooted in the Holy Powers of the Soil

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My religion is rooted. In fact, it is a religion of roots … and of tubers and worms and actinobacteria. I am a dirt worshipping Pagan. My gospel is the gospel of compost. [Read more...]

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The Mormon Church Punishes the Children of LGBT Parents for the “Apostasy” of Their Parents

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Mormon children of LGBT will be barred from all of the sacraments which serve as rites of passage in lives of all other Mormon children, including baptism and serving missions. If these children manage to maintain their faith through 18 years of official ostracism, they may then petition the highest authority of the Mormon church for baptism, but only if they are no longer living in the household of their co-habitating/married LGBT parents, and only if they “disavow” the same-gender cohabitation and/or marriage of their parents, something that is not required of non-LGBT Mormons or their children. [Read more...]

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Raiding of Intellectual Cattle: A Guest Post by Steven Posch

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As a storyteller, I tend to do much of my thinking through stories. In the much-vexed ongoing discussion of cultural appropriation it seemed to me that abstract theorizing may well benefit from the wisdom of narrative. So I began casting around for a story that treated with the topic. [Read more...]

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