Branches of the Deep Ecology Tree: Ecotheology: Reuniting God and nature

Lynn White argued that the belief that the earth was a resource for human consumption could be traced back to the triumph of medieval Christianity over pagan animism, and even further back to the Biblical injunction to man to “subdue” the earth and exercise “dominion” over every living thing. This narrative has had a profound influence on Neo-Pagans, who often describe their beliefs in contrast with the Abrahamic religions. But the injunction in Genesis to exercise “dominion” has been interpreted by many Judeo-Christian eco-theologians as a mandate to exercise environmental “stewardship”. There is untapped potential in Christianity and other monotheistic religions to inspire positive environmental change. [Read more...]

What I don’t miss about Christianity (and why this post is not about Star Foster)

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The thing that I don’t miss about Christianity is ME, the Christian me, the person who I was when I was Christian. [Read more...]

The Travails of a Pagan in a Dual Faith Household

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A Pagan’s First Communion This past Easter, I attended an Easter service at the Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection with some Unitarian friends.  It was a gorgeous service in a stunning venue.  They had a full orchestra, and the house was packed.  And I actually took communion.  It was a Lutheran style service with [Read More...]

Putting Mabon Back in Christmas

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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? I suspect that this “minor” stuff is just a way of trying to keep Yule from becoming Christmas (which is anything but minor). [Read more...]

Our happily remarried ex’s: Teo Bishop and Pagan spite

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If you’re like me, then there’s a part of you that sees your former religion (probably Christianity) kind of like an ex-spouse or ex-lover who you separated from acrimoniously. Seeing Teo Bishop go back to Christianity is like seeing an attractive, fun, and intelligent person marry your ex-spouse. Actually, watching Teo’s transition is more like losing a current lover and then watching your two ex-lovers hook up. Ouch! [Read more...]

What a Pagan can tell you about whether Mormons are Christian

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The question of whether or not Mormons are Christians has less to do with Mormons than it has to do with the person asking the question. [Read more...]


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