Can “God” be Castrated?

When we say that a historically male-gendered term is genderless, there is the risk that all we are really doing is normatizing masculinity, i.e., reinforcing maleness as the standard by which all other genders are judged. But while “God” is gendered in most Abrahamic discourse today, that can change … and Pagans can help it change. The word “God” doesn’t have to be gendered, and certainly doesn’t have to be male-gendered. [Read more…]

Why We Need A God/dess Who Does Not Look Like Us

It is important to recognize God in our own image, our own reflection — especially if we are female, queer, persons of color — and our culture tells us we are somehow less than divine because of it. But for those of us who are white, or who are male, or who are heterosexual, or who are cis-gendered, it is even more important for us to recognize God in the faces of those who are different from us. [Read more…]

Is There a Place for God in Paganism?

Choosing to say “God” instead of “Goddess” allows us to speak about divinity separately from gender, while also allowing us to tap into all the power and possibility that has been associated with that word for centuries. I’m not suggesting we choose one over the other. I’m suggesting we embrace all of these words: “gods”, “goddesses”, “Goddess”, and even “God”, each of them with their unique potential and their unique limitations. We Pagans know something about the infinite diversity of the divine, and we need all of the linguistic resources at our disposal to express it. So let us reclaim “God” from the monotheists and the patriarchs. Let us make “God” Pagan again. [Read more…]

12 Reasons You Can’t (only) Call God “Father”

“They will continue with the radical feminist agenda until they are actually holding hands with witchcraft and worshipping devils. If anyone is skeptical about feminist Christianity’s links with witchcraft they only have to read the feminist texts themselves.” Methinks, the father doth protest too much. [Read more…]

A Christo-Pagan Eucharist

This Easter, my family and I attended a mass. While it was a Christian service, I could still see the Dying God of Neo-Paganism between the lines and found myself longing for a version of mass with explicitly Pagan language. [Read more…]

Bowing before the personified impersonal: Prayer for an atheist Pagan

Ever since leaving my Christian religion of origin, I have refused to kneel when I pray. This sign of submission still had power for me, even 15 years after I stopped believing in a God who demands submission. But last week, I was literally driven to my knees. [Read more…]


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