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…]

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

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 baby is the bathwater: Why I haven’t joined the Unitarian church

It seems to me that, in religious matters, we just can’t throw out the bathwater without throwing out the baby too. Perhaps, in some sense, the baby is the bathwater. Because religion is a human endeavor and we humans are mixed bag, it seems there is no separating the good and the bad — at least not entirely. I wonder if it’s really possible to have the enthusiasm, the passion, and self-transcendence without at least risking dogmatism, literalism, and intolerance. [Read more…]

The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: When a friend turns to fundamentalism

Can we not have the "life, meaning, and beauty" without the "swindle of religious belief"? Can we not have the peace without the "illusion"? Can not my friend find salvation from suicide without resort to religious fundamentalism? [Read more…]

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” — Pogo (Revised)

I’d hammer out danger I’d hammer out a warning I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters All over this land — “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger Two things that I have learned in the latest Pagan-polytheist brouhaha over “pop culture Paganism” are: 1. [Read More…]

“Waiter! There’s some Christianity in my Pagan soup!”

The latest brouhaha in the Pagan blogosphere is Sam Webster’s post “Why You Can’t Worship Jesus Christ and Be Pagan”.  Jason Mankey has written a great response to Webster’s post and I highly recommend it.  I’m not going to repeat all the points that Jason makes, most of which I completely agree with.  Let me [Read More…]


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