“The Great Story”: A Non-Theistic Cosmology

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“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...]

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A “Valiant Attempt” to Bridge the Gap Between Pagans and Environmentalists

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“It is clear that Paganism and environmentalism are close allies in building a more sustainable future for the planet. It’s as if the two groups speak different languages, and “A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment” is a valiant attempt to appeal to both Pagans and environmentalists at once, to identify common ground and common cause.” [Read more...]

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Raiding of Intellectual Cattle: A Guest Post by Steven Posch

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As a storyteller, I tend to do much of my thinking through stories. In the much-vexed ongoing discussion of cultural appropriation it seemed to me that abstract theorizing may well benefit from the wisdom of narrative. So I began casting around for a story that treated with the topic. [Read more...]

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I Hold These Things To Be Sacred: A Reply to Sarenth Odinsson

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I hold these things to be sacred and holy: all life, the earth, nature, our selves, our bodies, our relationships. [Read more...]

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“Atheist Pagan” Does Not Equal “Secular Pagan”

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Yes, atheist Paganism is “a thing.” And it should neither be confused with secularism nor reduced to humanism. [Read more...]

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We’re All Appropriating Dead Pagan Cultures

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Do those who are attempting to revive a dead culture have the right to claim vicarious victimhood? Culturally all of us are much closer to the perpetrators than to the victims of the cultural crimes that we are claiming to be vicarious victims of. We’re all of us — eclectic Neo-Pagans and polytheistic reconstructionists — in the same boat. And living in a pluralistic society, we have to get used to the idea that others will use our images and our words in ways that are sacred to them, but alien to us.
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