Who wants to be a magician?

“There is another world, and it is this one.” – Paul Eluard I recently got turned on to Lev Gossman’s novel, The Magicians, after reading a review by Matthew Bowman on the Peculiar People blog on the Mormon channel at Patheos. So I bought the book, and I just finished it. It was excellent. As [Read More...]

Panentheism: The Dancer and the Dance

 How can we know the dancer from the dance? – W.B. Yeats Theism, Pantheism, and Panetheism In his latest effort to tell the Pagan world why everyone is wrong and he is right, Sam Webster has taken aim an panentheism, the belief that God is both transcendent and immanent.   Webster dispatches panentheism in one paragraph [Read More...]

Quote: The path to heaven

the path to heaven doesn’t lie down in flat miles. It’s in the imagination with which you perceive this world, and the gestures with which you honor it. From Mary Oliver’s poem, “The Swan” My Pagan practice consists of the gestures with which I honor the world and the imagination which perceives it. [Read more...]

Home Is Where You Find Your Gods

There are many ways to define one’s religious identity.  It might be defined in terms of shared values.  Or the expression of those shared values in group practices.  Yvonne Aburrow’s recent series on dual-faith practice drew my attention to a 2007 post by Peter Bishop published @ Quaker Pagan Reflections where he defines religious identity [Read More...]

Mother Nature uses the tongue

The other day, my 10 year old daughter was complaining about her freckles to my wife, and my wife told her they were Mother Nature’s kisses. My daughter’s response: “Mother Nature uses the tongue.” My ears perked up and I thought, “How true that is!” French kissing can be wonderfully intimate under the right circumstances; [Read More...]

“Let’s agree to disagree”: This is not your father’s interfaith

Imagine for a moment, Pagans of all kinds having a heartfelt conversation with Muslims about the nuances between Shia and Sunni Islam on the one hand and between Reconstructionist Polytheism and Naturalistic Pantheism on the other.  Or a similar conversation Mormons.  Or with Evangelical Christians. Imagine now that these conversations are not about finding common [Read More...]


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