A Guide to Politics at Patheos Pagan

If you are writing a blog here at Patheos, you are a Pagan leader, whether you like it or not. You have been given a platform, and consequently, you have a responsibility to others in our community. We must speak out. By all means, write about the gods and write about magic. But also write about what the gods and magic mean in the context of today’s political reality. [Read more…]

Call to Chicago Area Pagans: Come to Hammond on Jan. 13th

There are thousands of Pagans in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana region. We Pagans have the responsibility to speak out at this critical juncture in history. Join us on Friday January 13 at 9am at the Lake Superior Court (232 Russell St.) in Hammond, Indiana. [Read more…]

Size Doesn’t Matter: 5 Pieces of Advice for New Bloggers

My two most popular posts in terms of daily pageviews were a satirical piece that people mistook as fact and a piece about vampires. And two of my three most popular posts in terms over overall pageviews over time were a movie review and a link of dubious provenance to some scanned books. If this was all I had to show for 5 years of writing, I would quit. [Read more…]

What’s A Nice Atheist Like Me Doing At Gods & Radicals?

My worldview does not accommodate supernatural beings that exist separately and independently of human beings. In that sense I am an atheist. And yet, my world is full of gods — from the sun, the source of all life on earth, to the god Indra, the personification of the sun within me. These gods call my back to my true self. And from that place of connectedness, I am better able to resist capitalist disenchantment. [Read more…]

Neither Capitalism Nor Socialism: A Third Alternative

Distributism rejects both capitalism and socialism. Capitalism inevitably leads to the concentration of power in big businesses who hold monopolies and exploit workers, consumers, and the environment. On the other hand, socialism also leads to a concentration of power, but in the hands of big government and a political elite. Both disempower the majority of people. Distributism affirms private property, but rejects its consolidation in the hands of an elite. Instead, it advocates distributing property ownership as widely as possible. [Read more…]

“You Can’t Make This S#!t Up”: On My First (and Last?) Foray into Satire

The only thing more outrageous than the actual story I posted was the willingness of some people to believe it. [Read more…]