How “Gods Before Politics” Perpetuates Privilege

The myth of non-political Pagan spaces acts as a blindfold for the Pagan community — especially those of us Pagans who are privileged. It perpetuates implicit racism, patriarchy, hetero- and cis-normativity — all of which continue to exist in our Pagan spaces. And if we’re not consciously and actively working to see it and deal with it, then we’re passively helping to sweep it back under the rug. [Read more…]

Guns or Religion? The Danger of Simple Answers

Clarity can be a scary thing sometimes … people who believe that killing others is justified can have a frightening clarity. As we work our way through the difficult questions in the following weeks and months, let us beware the simple answers. And let us embrace the complexity of our problems. Let us see those we disagree with, not as stereotyped one-dimensional opponents, but as fellow human beings with whom we must work out a way to live. Then maybe, just maybe, the means will become the ends, and we will just win our way through toward a peaceful and just future. [Read more…]

Fiddling With The Gods While Rome Burns

What Beckett has been describing with increasing clarity over the past several years is a kind of Pagan Pietism, if not a Pagan fundamentalism, which advocates withdrawing from the world, giving up the fight for justice, and cultivating personal piety instead. Beckett delivers this message with the soothing assurance of a village priest — and with many a caveat that he can fall back on when challenged. But his destination is clear, and the place Beckett describes — a place of retreat and resignation — is not a place we Pagans should be following him. [Read more…]

The Dictionary Is Not A Holy Book

Language is a living thing — especially religious language. It is supple and flowing, and that can be exasperating, especially to those who carry a deep unconscious fear of life. I know that fear. I have to resist it all the time. But I also know that real meaning is not to be found between the covers of a book — especially not the dictionary. [Read more…]

In Religious Matters, Truth Is Overrated

There are things that matter as much as truth. Things like beauty and compassion, a sense of meaning and a feeling of connectedness. And I think concern for the truth needs to be balanced with these things or in order to live a fully human life. [Read more…]

“The Great Story”: A Non-Theistic Cosmology

“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…]