“Post-Paganism”

I am a label junkie.  If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you probably have realized that.  I am obsessed with drawing distinctions, circumscribing every social phenomena, and labeling it with an -ism.  Anyway, I’ve discovered a great new label: Post-Pagan. Glen “Fishbowl” Gordon maintains the PostPagan blog and recently guest posted [Read More...]

American Neopaganism, Part 3: Past, Present, and Future

In this final part of my American Neopaganism series, I want to talk about different groups which represent, to one degree or another, the kind of open, eclectic, celebratory, and earth-centered (read non-initiatory, non-traditional/non-recon, non-esoteric, and non-deity-centered)Neopaganism I have been describing and calling “American Neopaganism”. One very good example, which dates back to the beginning [Read More...]

American Neopaganism, Part 2: “I think I may be a Wiccan”

In my last post, I wrote that Neopaganism was a distinguishable tradition from Wicca, and one that is in some ways at odds with the esotericism in which Wicca is rooted.  In spite of that fact, through a series of historical accidents, the two are now almost entirely intertwined.  The way this happened is interesting. [Read More...]

American Neopaganism, Part 1: An Imaginary Tradition?

The AmericanNeopaganism.com website which I maintain will be taken down next month.  I’ve maintained it for several years now, and it’s been about a year since I made any changes to the site.  All of my writing energy has gone into this blog.  I’ve decided to let the domain lapse until I figure out what [Read More...]

Family Mid-Spring Ritual: Jesus and the Goddess

For May Day, I usually take my family to the CUUPs celebration at the UU Church where we dance around a maypole.  I also wrote a mini-ritual for my family, called “Jesus and the Goddess”.  Since my wife is Christian and my son identifies as Christian, it makes sense to find ways to incorporate Christian [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...]


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