Mistakes I’ve made (on both sides): Atheists and Theists under the Big Tent of Paganism

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Theists and atheists have always disagreed and they always will. And that goes for theistic Pagans and atheistic Pagans too. I’ve been on both sides of the argument — which means I’ve made mistakes on both sides. [Read more...]

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The First Commandment of Paganism: “Thou Shalt Not Judge” (and why this is a problem)

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Paganism doesn’t have any commandments, like the Abrahamic religions, but if we did, I think the First Commandment of Paganism would be “Thou shalt not judge another’s experience”. And I think this is a problem. [Read more...]

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The Allergic Pagan at Play: “wild” nature as soul food

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Even while I sat at home scratching my poison ivy, I never once regretted the trip to the woods. I enjoyed every minute of it. And I wondered what it was about this experience that that I find so satisfying. The vistas were beautiful. We saw some fascinating rock formations. And I loved climbing on the rocks. But it was more than that. I just loved being in the woods. Before the trip, I felt a profound longing to get into the woods again. While we were there, I felt like I was right where I needed to be. And when we left, I felt really satisfied, kind of like like I had eaten a really good meal, but in a spiritual sense. [Read more...]

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These aren’t the gods you’re looking for.

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At some point in your spiritual journey, you have to stop looking over other people’s shoulders and wondering what’s in their god box, wondering if someone might be having a deeper spiritual experience than you. I guess I am at that point. I like my god box just fine. I’m pretty sure it’s empty. In any case, it’s my box and I’m keeping it. [Read more...]

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Why I am grateful for Paganism: The comfort and the affliction

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A friend told me that true religion should “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable”. And this is what Paganism has been for me. And this is why I am grateful. [Read more...]

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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...]

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