Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #7 Reconnect With Wild Nature

If we really want to practice a nature religion or an earth-centered spirituality, then we should learn where we are on the earth and “learn the songs of that place, the song of water and the song of wind.” Science can help us do that. Even if you live in a city, there are still plants and animals all around. “Saving the earth” can seem remote if you have no experience of the land around you. [Read more…]

Countdown to Earth Day 2016: #10 Talk About Climate Change

Despite the overwhelming weight of the scientific consensus about anthropogenic (human made) climate change, it can be daunting for a lay person to talk about it publicly. One thing you can do to honor the Earth on Earth Day is to learn how to talk about climate change. [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…]

Why “Pagan”? – An Atheist Pagan’s Response to a Theist

Why do we call ourselves “Pagan”? Why not just call ourselves atheists or humanists? What does the “Pagan” label add to our identity? [Read more…]

Why I Am “Still” A Pagan: the Problem and the Promise

In spite of the uncritical attitudes and superstitious ideas that haunt a lot of Paganism, I still call myself a Pagan. I am still a Pagan because I believe that Paganism has the potential to bring together the wisdom of our animistic forebearers and the discoveries of contemporary science in a way that has the power to reenchant the world. [Read more…]

Wonder and Death: Why only adults can really appreciate nature

Driving through Glenwood Canyon along the Colorado River, knowing that this beauty existed long before me and will continue to be long after I am gone, fosters in me a sense of gratitude for the brief but magnificent opportunity that is my life. These are experiences that are lost on my children. They are lost on them because they do not yet know how fleeting life is. They do not really know yet that they will someday die. [Read more…]


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