Polytheism, Politics, Discomfort, and Growth

Recently Rhyd Wildermuth, my co-conspirator behind the recent Many Gods West event, a conference for polytheists, posted about his experience of the conference. (I also have done so.) His piece provoked strong feelings - as most of his pieces do. In the comments of the piece and on his Facebook page, it is clear to me that people take issue with several things. Firstly, people take issue with Rhyd’s admission that some people thought Many Gods West (MGW) was an anti-capitalist gathering. S … [Read more...]

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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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Living Saraswati

[Written on Oct. 11, 2013]Today begins the final three days of Navratri, in which Saraswati, goddess of language, knowledge and sound, is honored. I have an affinity with Her, as I have spent much of my life in pursuit of education and knowledge, as well as honing my singing skills.Saraswati is comparable to the Greek goddess Athena in many ways. Both are independent; Saraswati, unlike most of the other Hindu goddesses, is not the consort of any male deity; her devotion to her studies … [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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What We’re Reading

School is out! Summer has started! And Mama is already exhausted after 4 days! Many Gods West is in 6 weeks and we leave for a family vacation to Alaska in 10 days' time. If I'm not giving you fresh insights, please forgive me. I'll be posting some older, but awesome posts to tide you over.Occasionally I like to share what we're reading in our house. Here is what we're reading:KidsMy 7 year old is engrossed in the Wings of Fire series. I don't find them particularly well-written … [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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“Paganism is Not Political”: A Rebuttal

Last week I posted a resource list for more information on Paganism. In the list I included a link to Gods & Radicals, a relatively new website for Pagan anti-Capitalism. A certain colleague who shall remain unnamed told me "Paganism isn't political," a statement with which I whole-heartedly disagree.Here's why: The personal is the political.No, there is no political litmus test a person must pass to be Pagan. I know Pagans who are Libertarian, politically conservative, Democrat, … [Read more...]

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