The First Commandment of Paganism: “Thou Shalt Not Judge” (and why this is a problem)

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Paganism doesn’t have any commandments, like the Abrahamic religions, but if we did, I think the First Commandment of Paganism would be “Thou shalt not judge another’s experience”. And I think this is a problem. [Read more...]

Straight talk about the Pagan identity crisis

You have got to check out B.T. Newberg’s newest post at Pagan Naturally, “The ‘Pagan’ question: Beyond belief-blindness“.  He writes about the chronic debate about the meaning of Pagan, and states “in no uncertain terms what’s really going on: It’s about kicking people out” (emphasis added).  I think he’s right.  B.T. goes on to reveal [Read More...]

Why we need a statement of Pagan “first principles”

At my UU Church this Sunday, we had a planned discussion of what people wanted more/less of in the worship service.  We wrote things we liked and things we wanted to change on sticky notes and note cards.  Many of the comments, including my own, asked for more spirituality in the worship service.  This was [Read More...]

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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