Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #6 Fight Capitalism

Our capitalist economic system is fundamentally incompatible with a healthy planetary ecosystem. We live on a planet with finite resources, but our economic system is premised on infinite growth. And since we can’t change the laws of nature, we must change our economic system. This means challenging some of our most cherished myths. Capitalism infects all of our relationships: with other people, with other-than-human beings, and with the Earth. We learned these ways of thinking, and we can unlearn them. [Read more…]

“The Great Story”: A Non-Theistic Cosmology

“The Great Story” is the 14 billion year narrative of the evolution of the cosmos, the planet Earth, biological life, and human culture. And it is a myth, in the best sense of that word, but one that happens to be literally true; it is a narrative that orders our world, helps us understand our place in it, shows us how to live meaningful lives, and enables us to come to terms with our own finitude. [Read more…]

Why “Pagan”? – An Atheist Pagan’s Response to a Theist

Why do we call ourselves “Pagan”? Why not just call ourselves atheists or humanists? What does the “Pagan” label add to our identity? [Read more…]

Believing In Our Myths, Without Believing Them

We need to find a way to live mythically, without taking our myths literally — to believe our myths, without believing in them. We need our myths to live by, but we also need to be conscious that we have a choice of which myths to live by. Not all myths are equal. And we really could use some good myths nowadays. [Read more…]

Church is no substitute for religion, Part 2: The Spirituality Gap

“Religion” is about symbol, myth, and ritual, while “church” is about community, morality/ethics, and ideology/politics. Here in the West, it seems we’ve gotten the church cart before the “horse” of religion. Potlucks and creeds are the outgrowth of religion, not the cause of it. [Read more…]

Wish upon Ostara: Why I wish Ostara was called something else

The year should turn the Wheel, not the other way around. The problem with many of the Neo-Pagan Sabbaths is that we start with a name, then work out what the day should mean from its etymology and history, and then try to associate it with the season — which is completely backwards. [Read more…]