Christianity as the Modern Pagan Scapegoat

We Pagans like to think we don’t have scapegoats in our religion, because we don’t have a concept of “sin” or divine guilt. And yet, we do have scapegoats. Speaking for myself, Christianity has been my scapegoat for a long time — and I think it’s one that a lot of Pagans have. [Read more…]

Fiddling With The Gods While Rome Burns

What Beckett has been describing with increasing clarity over the past several years is a kind of Pagan Pietism, if not a Pagan fundamentalism, which advocates withdrawing from the world, giving up the fight for justice, and cultivating personal piety instead. Beckett delivers this message with the soothing assurance of a village priest — and with many a caveat that he can fall back on when challenged. But his destination is clear, and the place Beckett describes — a place of retreat and resignation — is not a place we Pagans should be following him. [Read more…]

“Less Christian Than Thou”: Neo-Paganism and Polytheism Beyond the Christian Divide

Neo-Pagans and Polytheists — have fundamentally different issues. Polytheism and Neo-Paganism don’t just represent different answers to the same question, they represent different answers to different questions. I think much of the conflict between our two communities might arise from the failure to appreciate that each group is trying to be the answer to a different question. It’s become platitudinous to say that none of us have all the answers. But it is equally true that none of us have all the questions. If we can’t appreciate one another’s answers, perhaps we should begin by trying to appreciate each other’s questions. [Read more…]

7 Reasons Why Christmas is Part of My Pagan Wheel of the Year

1.  Yule is NOT a minor sabbat. “Whenever I hear a Neo-Pagan say that the winter solstice is a ‘minor Sabbat’, I can’t help but roll my eyes.  What makes it ‘minor’?  The fact that Margaret Murray only listed the cross-quarters as witches’ sabbats?  Because Gerald Gardner only added the quarter days as an afterthought? [Read More…]

12 Reasons You Can’t (only) Call God “Father”

“They will continue with the radical feminist agenda until they are actually holding hands with witchcraft and worshipping devils. If anyone is skeptical about feminist Christianity’s links with witchcraft they only have to read the feminist texts themselves.” Methinks, the father doth protest too much. [Read more…]

“Pagans and the Pope Join their Voices to Save the Planet”

When Catholics talk about “paganism”, it never seems to me that they are really talking about us, but rather some bogeyman of their own imagining. And perhaps my own image of Catholicism is no more accurate than the Catholic image of Paganism — merely another convenient, but inaccurate “othering”. It can be difficult to see this sometimes, immersed as we are in our distinct paths. But when we suddenly find those paths intersecting, as they are at this moment, perhaps we can reconsider whether we — and all other life on Earth — would be better served by emphasizing our similarities, rather than our differences. [Read more…]


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