My Defining Moment

“God is dead. [...] And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? [...] What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent?” – Nietzsche, The Gay Science Over at Patheos, bloggers are being asked to write [Read More...]

Panentheism: The Dancer and the Dance

 How can we know the dancer from the dance? – W.B. Yeats Theism, Pantheism, and Panetheism In his latest effort to tell the Pagan world why everyone is wrong and he is right, Sam Webster has taken aim an panentheism, the belief that God is both transcendent and immanent.   Webster dispatches panentheism in one paragraph [Read More...]

I worship the blind God

You weary Nations, perhaps I am some new being you’ve never encountered before. Yet there is nothing about me you can’t recognize. I live in the place where you perceive nothing. Look again! – Geoff Bartley, “The Language of Stones” Recently, P. Sufenas Virius Lupus published an essay at Patheos entitled “Bringing Back the Gods”.  [Read More...]

My (Neo-)Pagan Elevator Speech

Jonathan Korman (whose post I can’t seem to talk enough about) recently described an awkward interaction he witnessed at a Pagan festival: I was at a public Pagan festival a while ago and a passing non-Pagan asked one of the people working at the information booth who we all were and what we were doing. [Read More...]

The role of faith and hubris in Paganism

Last week I came across a word that, ten years ago, I would never have thought to see in a Pagan context: “faith”. In fact, I came across it several times: The first time I noticed it was after reading Christine Kraemer’s post “Opening a Pagan Theological Dialogue” at the Sermon in the Mound. Encouraging [Read More...]

Apolytrosis: My bill of divorce from the Christian God

Over at Patheos, Star Foster has divorced herself from Jesus Christ.  While this is more of a public announcement by Star of what was a more private divorce that happened years ago, it got me thinking about my own divorce from Christianity. I remember reading in The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels about a secret [Read More...]


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