Relational Polytheism

One of the key pieces of my evolving personal theology is relationship. This idea seems to be taking root and flowering in the work of other Polytheist thinkers, too. People who identify with other practices, traditions, and labels will also understand the concept of relationship, as no one tradition holds the copyright to such a concept. In this piece I'd like to outline my ideas on this topic.THEORYMy thoughts around sacred relationality began by studying Christian theology, … [Read more...]

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Why I Am Not a Christian

Reflections on Bertrand Russell’s speech from 1927. (Read the essay online here.)This is the only essay of his I’ve read. I recommend it. It’s short, amusing and to the point. Many of the arguments he raises are still being raised by those in the New Atheism movement. I want to use this post to talk very briefly about Russell’s essay, even more briefly about the New Atheism movement, and about why I, Niki, am not a Christian.We begin with Russell’s essay. It’s hard to deny most of his … [Read more...]

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Broken Gods: A Book Review

Patheos - the overarching home of Patheos Pagan - does book clubs and anyone from any channel is able to join it. Most of the books don't interest me, but this month I decided to try one of the books. Broken Gods: Hope, Healing, and the 7 Longings of the Human Heart, is by Gregory K. Popcak, PhD., a Catholic, therapist, and fellow blogger at Patheos (Faith on the Couch).I'll admit the title intrigued me. I wondered what a Christian could be intimating by "Gods." The blurb suggested Popcak … [Read more...]

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God is Not Either/Or, God/dess is Both/And

An inelegant Catholic priest over on Patheos' Catholic channel has listed Twelve Reasons Why You Can't Call God "Mother."  You know I can't let that rest, especially because his reasons are dodgy on a variety of levels.I refuse to break down his argument piece by piece (who has time? not this non-Christian), but instead let me offer some thoughts from an unpublished doctoral paper of mine, which was to be the crux of my dissertation. This paper analyzed the works of Mark Miravalle and his … [Read more...]

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The Annunciation as Divine Spring

[This is something I wrote ten years ago, fresh out of graduate school. I still like it, and hope you do too.]Luke 1:26-38 (NIV)Today is the Annunciation, the day that the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would be with child, that his name was to be Jesus, and he would be the Son of God. In many ways, this story can be seen as just another hokey tale made up by late-to-the-gospel-game Luke. Perhaps like Dan Brown, Luke was inspired by a previous story and needed to … [Read more...]

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Leaving Monotheism Behind

[This post originally appeared at Polytheist.com back in September. I don't have anything new for you right now; I've been sick and angsty and busy with the kids. Enjoy!]Nothing has challenged my brain so much as an adult as walking away from monotheism and embracing polytheism. Not graduate school, not parenting (though that is challenging in some very profound ways).I came to Christianity on my own. I wasn’t raised a Christian. There was no god talk in our house. The only time “his” nam … [Read more...]

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Ave Maria

Imbolc is a holiday for the Brigids and Brídes. But this turn of the Wheel is also for Candlemass and the Virgin Mary. A friend reminded me that I might want to honor Mary during this time, if I don't have a relationship with Brigid, and I don't. Honoring Mary at this time makes sense, especially given my long history with her; she was always good to me.The Ave Maria is a poem, a prayer, and frequently a song. I am partial to it. Taken from lines from the Gospel of Luke, the Ave Maria has … [Read more...]

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