Being an atheist just ain’t what it used to be

God is not the answer to our questions. “God” is the name for the question itself. This is not a God in the gaps, in the sense of God filling the gaps in our knowledge, gaps which are increasingly shrunk by the advance of science — it a God who is a gap-maker, a God whose only commandment is to “forbid our premature closing of accounts with reality”, a God who reminds us to “love the questions” at least as much as the answers. [Read more...]

My Favorite Posts From July

There’s so much interesting blogging going on in our community. I want to highlight a few items from last month (in no particular order). [Read more...]

We’re not all Amy B.: Meet some other non-theistic Pagans

When saw that Jason Mankey interviewed atheist Pagan Amy B. at Raising the Horns, I was first excited, and then horrified.  Personally, I tend to avoid the label “atheist Pagan” for the same reason that many non-theists avoid the term “atheist”.  I’ve seen “atheist Pagan” used closely with “secular Pagan”, which does not describe me [Read More...]

The dirty words we use to describe each other

Some time ago, I heard a story on NPR’s “This American Life”, about a guy who lost a friend when the friend found out that he had voted for Obama. The friend had called him a “socialist”. Of course, he didn’t think of himself as a socialist, but was left feeling that he had been [Read More...]

Who are we talking to anyway?: Humanistic Paganism and the gods

Over at The Wild Hunt, Brendan Myers has posted a guest article about whether Humanist Paganism is on the rise.  It has stirred up some controversy in the comments section. Old Gods and New Orthodoxy What was most interesting to me were the comments of several polytheists that Paganism and atheism are incompatible because Paganism [Read More...]

Star Foster surrenders the “Pagan” label to the naturalists

Okay, not quite.  I overstated my title for dramatic effect.  But that’s how shocked I was to read Star’s post today. Just when I had finally given up my pretension of being “more Pagan” than [fill in the blank], Star Foster has drawn the battle line again.  In a recent post here on this blog, [Read More...]

Guest Post: “Not Believing Anything” by C. Luke Mula

C. Luke Mula is the author of The Way to Actuality blog, which was “founded to foster the discussion and discovery of Purpose wherever it can be found, regardless of religious or secular context”.  In this essay, Luke shares his experience of a liberating loss of belief and discusses the role that spiritual practice continues [Read More...]

Reality vs. Meaning

I’ve been watching this series on TV, “Awake”, and I noticed a parallel to some of my interactions with atheists and with believers.  The show is about a police detective (Britten) who is in a wreck with his wife and son.  Either his wife or his son die, depending on what reality he is in.  [Read More...]

Jesus saved me from Christianity … so I could become Pagan

Jason Mankey recently posted an interesting essay about what he calls the “Pagan/Atheist alliance“.  In his post, Jason raises the question whether Christians are, at least in some instances, the more natural ally of Pagans than atheists.  He specifically has in mind those atheists who tend to mock all religion, seeming for sport.  He also [Read More...]