Why I Don’t Call Myself a Polytheist

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In the recent debate over my alleged misappropriation of the term “polytheist”, I think something small, but significant got lost in the debate: I never actually called myself a polytheist. The offending post was entitled “(Neo-)Paganism is Paradox”, and it listed nine theological concepts which characterize my Neo-Paganism, including panentheism, polarity, process, and … yes, [Read More...]

Cherish Our Polytheists: The balkanization of our community and what is at stake

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Each time someone withdraws from Paganism, we lose not only their company, but also their voice. They withdraw not only from our community, but also from our conversation. And we lose some of the diversity of opinion that is essential to a healthy marketplace of ideas. [Read more...]

Where I went wrong: Virtual sacred space

Bid the invaders take the shoes from off their feet, for God is here within. – Emerson, “Self-Reliance” I’ve had an epiphany.  For some time, I have struggled to understand why certain hard polytheists seem to feel threatened by the very presence of non-theists in the comments sections of their blogs.  P. Sufenas Virius Lupus, [Read More...]

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” — Pogo (Revised)

I’d hammer out danger I’d hammer out a warning I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters All over this land – “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger Two things that I have learned in the latest Pagan-polytheist brouhaha over “pop culture Paganism” are: 1. [Read More...]

Hearing voices or talking to ourselves?

All revelations are personal. That’s why all revelations are suspect. – Neil Gaiman, American Gods In my last post, I reviewed some of the recent controversy over the issue of so-called pop culture Paganism, and tried to make sense of the varying perspectives of those participating in the debate. I concluded that post by observing [Read More...]

“Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.” — Friedrich Schiller

Controversy has broken loose on the Pagan blogosphere again.  This time over the suggestion that pop culture icons, like comic book superheroes, are equivalent to polytheistic deities.  It began on May 13th with a post by Sunweaver at Patheos titled “Making Light: Hero Worship” in which she compares contemporary superheroes to ancient Hellenic heroes and [Read More...]


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