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

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…]

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

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…]

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

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…]

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

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…]

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

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…]

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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