A Mormon therapist takes on masturbation

I typically do not blog here about exclusively Mormon issues.  When I do bring up my history with Mormonism or my interactions with Mormons now (through my family) on this blog, I relate it to my Paganism.  However, I recently read a post on the Mormon Therapist blog at Patheos about mastrubation and I have [Read More...]

These are my gods: or my biography told in deities

The God of the Old Testament The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was [...] in the wind. [Read More...]

Depression as a friend (updated)

Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again – “The Sound of Silence”, Simon and Garfunkel Let me preface this by saying that I have never suffered from long term depression, depression that lasted years — unless you count the years of misery that preceded my leaving the religion of my [Read More...]

Is life like the Iliad or the Book of Job?

If you have never seen that sight, then suspend your decision about the propriety of devil-worship, and the expediency of conciliating the devil. – Herman Melville, Moby Dick Watching Bill Moyers’ interview of Huston Smith at church last Sunday, we came across a part of the interview where Huston is explaining that “God is one” [Read More...]

Jesus saved me from Christianity … so I could become Pagan

Jason Mankey recently posted an interesting essay about what he calls the “Pagan/Atheist alliance“.  In his post, Jason raises the question whether Christians are, at least in some instances, the more natural ally of Pagans than atheists.  He specifically has in mind those atheists who tend to mock all religion, seeming for sport.  He also [Read More...]

If I can’t dance, I don’t want your religion!

This is a variant of a quote attributed to Emma Goldman (“If I can’t dance, I don’t want your revolution!”), and it is also a variant of what my 9 year-old daughter told my wife this past Sunday.  My daughter had just gotten chewed out by my wife for taking so long to find her [Read More...]


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