Roots of the Deep Ecology Tree: John Muir, “Prophet of the Wilderness”

John Muir’s language sometimes came close to pantheism, or even animism. His language would be familiar to Neo-Pagans today: “I will touch naked God,” he wrote in anticipation of a trip into Yosemite. Elsewhere he wrote, “The whole wilderness seems to be alive and familiar, full of humanity. The very stones seem talkative, sympathetic, brotherly. No wonder when we think that we all have the same Father and Mother.” [Read more...]

The gods may be hungry

Last Sunday, at the “Spirit Circle” group at my Unitarian Universalist congregation, we watched a clip of Bill Moyer’s interview of religious studies scholar Huston Smith.  This clip was about mysticism and it prompted a discussion of mysticism, which led into a discussion about a different, but related phenomena: intuition. Many people gave examples of [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...]

My Spiritual Ancestor: John Trevor

There have been many writers I have encountered over the years that have had a transformative influence on my life: Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), Alan Watts (Behold the Spirit), Emerson (“Self-Reliance”), and Theodore Roszak (The Making of a Counterculture).  But there has only been one author who I identified so closely with that [Read More...]


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