Spiritually, but not religiously, Pagan

Recently at the Bishop in the Grove blog, Teo Bishop wrestled again with the label of “Pagan”.  The question of my Pagan identity has come up frequently in this blog as well.  The fact that I have named the blog “The Allergic Pagan” might suggest that I have resolved this problem, but it has not.  [Read More...]

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My Yule Sounded Alot Like Christmas Too (Part 2)

3.  Paganism and Christianity In my previous post, I proposed that the reason why there are so few original winter solstice songs for Neopagans and the reason why the winter solstice is treated as a minor holiday by Neopagans is one and the same:  Neopagans have an aversion to all things Christian.  A good example [Read More...]

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Religious Identity, Boundaries, and Authority

I was just listening to a lecture which I downloaded from The Teaching Company entitled “The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition”.  (By the way, I love these lectures from The Teaching Company.  I’ve purchased over a dozen of them — always when on sale though.) Anyway, the lecturer, Teofilo [Read More...]

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Chicago Pagan Pride

I just got back from Chicago Pagan Pride and I am having my obligatory Pagan identity crisis. I was pleased with the turnout at the event.  There were hundreds of people there, not all of them Pagan I think.  There were about two dozen booths.  Although most of them selling the obligatory crystals and nondescript [Read More...]

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Meso-Wicca and Neo-Paganism

Over at Patheos, two weeks after Star Foster lauded the praises of traditional initiatory Wicca, which included such points as “Hierarchy is good” and “Wicca-focused Wicca”, she now has raised the issue of Christian elements, like the Watchtowers, in traditional Wicca.  This was followed by a second post asking whether Wicca is a Christian heresy, [Read More...]

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