The many shades of Pagan embarrassment

“You will be ashamed because of the sacred oaks in which you have delighted; you shall blush because of the gardens that you have chosen.” — Isaiah 1:29 In a previous post, I wrote about “Being Embarrassed by Paganism”.  I’ve been surprised at the responses.  While some people took it as an attempt to perpetuate [Read More…]

Being Embarrassed by Paganism

Years ago, when I was deciding whether to leave the Mormon church, one of the recurring thoughts I had was that, by continuing to associate with the Mormon church, I was (mis-)representing to the world that I shared all the same beliefs and the same ordering of values as the Mormon church.  I felt that, [Read More…]

Defining Paganism and Neopaganism

I can’t believe I am diving into this linguistic swamp again, but here goes. Recently, I’ve been engaging in some online discussions with polytheists and the “Pagan enough” debate was aroused, of course, and it got me thinking. One person in particular, L.S.,  insisted that the term “Pagan” is meaningless and should be abandoned — [Read More…]

Star Foster surrenders the “Pagan” label to the naturalists

Okay, not quite.  I overstated my title for dramatic effect.  But that’s how shocked I was to read Star’s post today. Just when I had finally given up my pretension of being “more Pagan” than [fill in the blank], Star Foster has drawn the battle line again.  In a recent post here on this blog, [Read More…]

Soul-Centered Paganism

This post is Part 3 of a 3-part series on my evolving sense of Pagan identity.  In Part 1 of this series, I admitted to being guilty of a kind of Pagan fundamentalism in my conception of the Pagan community.  In Part 2, I envisioned a Pagan community consisting of (at least) three centers with [Read More…]

The Three (or more?) “Centers” of Paganism

This post is part 2 of a 3-part series.  In the first part, I discussed how I had come to realize the ego-centrism of my earlier view of the Pagan community. Celebrating Nature, Working Magic, and Honoring Deities Imagine that the Pagan community has not one, but multiple “centers”.  Imagine each of these “centers” defines [Read More…]


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