I’m a spy for the Mormon Church

My mission was infiltrate Paganism, discover the secret of its success, and work to destabilize it from within. [Read more…]

The Forgotten History of Atheist Paganism

Polytheists and Pagan Reconstructionist do not have an exclusive claim to the pagan past. While belief may have been the norm (as it is today) among ancient pagans, there were atheist pagans in antiquity. [Read more…]

The Pagans and the Christians (or … whatever happened to Teo Bishop?)

The best Pagan festival I went to this summer wasn’t a Pagan festival at all. [Read more…]

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…]