Update: Godless Paganism is now available on Amazon!

For everyone who was waiting for the paperback edition of Godless Paganism to become available on Amazon, your wait is over! [Read more…]

The gods are “like warm apple pie”: The hidden meanings behind our metaphors

I don’t know what is going on with all the apple metaphors. First, John Beckett compared gods to apples.  I made the case that, if the gods are apples, they are a softer kind of apple than John likes.  Tom Swiss, Pat Mosley, and Yvonne Aburrow have all extended the metaphor in unique and entertaining [Read More…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #3 Face Your Death

We instinctively turn away from this truth. And we engage in myriad strategies, both individually and collectively, to distract ourselves from this reality. Conspicuous consumption is one of the many examples of what Ernest Becker calls “immortality projects,” the ways in which we “rage against the dying of the light.” Ironically, this consumption only hastens our deaths — both individually (obesity, drug addiction, etc.) and collectively (climate change, war over resources, etc.). One of the ways you can honor the Earth this Earth Day is to face your own death. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #4 Let Yourself Grieve

Grief is a natural and healthy reaction to the human desecration of the earth and its biosphere. Avoidance of grief reinforces the pattern of psychological repression and conspicuous consumption that is the status quo. So one thing you can do to honor the Earth this Earth Day is to let yourself grieve. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #5 Restory the World

One thing you can do to honor the Earth this Earth Day is to question the myths which underlie the status quo. Magic is the art of changing consciousness. Create art, music, chants, poetry, and fiction to help us imagine a new kind of society which has only barely begun to be dreamed of. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #6 Fight Capitalism

Our capitalist economic system is fundamentally incompatible with a healthy planetary ecosystem. We live on a planet with finite resources, but our economic system is premised on infinite growth. And since we can’t change the laws of nature, we must change our economic system. This means challenging some of our most cherished myths. Capitalism infects all of our relationships: with other people, with other-than-human beings, and with the Earth. We learned these ways of thinking, and we can unlearn them. [Read more…]