Can “God” be Castrated?

When we say that a historically male-gendered term is genderless, there is the risk that all we are really doing is normatizing masculinity, i.e., reinforcing maleness as the standard by which all other genders are judged. But while “God” is gendered in most Abrahamic discourse today, that can change … and Pagans can help it change. The word “God” doesn’t have to be gendered, and certainly doesn’t have to be male-gendered. [Read more…]

Why We Need A God/dess Who Does Not Look Like Us

It is important to recognize God in our own image, our own reflection — especially if we are female, queer, persons of color — and our culture tells us we are somehow less than divine because of it. But for those of us who are white, or who are male, or who are heterosexual, or who are cis-gendered, it is even more important for us to recognize God in the faces of those who are different from us. [Read more…]

Is There a Place for God in Paganism?

Choosing to say “God” instead of “Goddess” allows us to speak about divinity separately from gender, while also allowing us to tap into all the power and possibility that has been associated with that word for centuries. I’m not suggesting we choose one over the other. I’m suggesting we embrace all of these words: “gods”, “goddesses”, “Goddess”, and even “God”, each of them with their unique potential and their unique limitations. We Pagans know something about the infinite diversity of the divine, and we need all of the linguistic resources at our disposal to express it. So let us reclaim “God” from the monotheists and the patriarchs. Let us make “God” Pagan again. [Read more…]

“Waiter! There’s some Christianity in my Pagan soup!”

The latest brouhaha in the Pagan blogosphere is Sam Webster’s post “Why You Can’t Worship Jesus Christ and Be Pagan”.  Jason Mankey has written a great response to Webster’s post and I highly recommend it.  I’m not going to repeat all the points that Jason makes, most of which I completely agree with.  Let me [Read More…]

The Gospel of Tolerance vs. the Spirit of Inquiry

Yesterday, Star Foster held a “Live Pagan Hangout” on the topic of “active tolerance” (a term which implies more than just “tolerating” someone) with Teo Bishop, Crystal Blanton, David Dashifen Kees, and Davd Salisbury.  Although not mentioned, the event was in response to M.J. Lee’s post on Humanistic Paganism, “Why Do People Want Supernatural Gods?”.  [Read More…]


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