Fault Lines: A Review

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Gus DiZerega is a scholar and blogger - in fact, he writes regularly here at Patheos Pagan! His most recent book is Fault Lines: The Sixties, the Culture War, and the Return of the Divine Feminine. I've spent most of my advanced academic career studying the Divine Feminine in one form or another, so I was interested in what a smart, Pagan scholar would have to say about this topic. I am disappointed to report that this book is underwhelming.DiZerega spends most of the book detailing how … [Read more...]

Spiritual Boundaries and Full Moons

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Full moons and witches go together like sriracha and rice (hey, it's my blog, I'll make my own comparisons, thank you!). Tonight's moon is this year's largest supermoon - a full moon that is slightly closer to the earth and thus looks larger than usual. Not only are these moons extra gorgeous, they are extra potent. It's no wonder I've been extra jittery and overwhelmed this week! Over the years I have found that I react to both the full and dark moons. It feels a little bit like spiritual … [Read more...]

What We’re Reading

Son's books

Every so many months I like to talk about what we're reading in my house. We're big readers and usually we have way too many books started!I've got this week's Economist and this quarter's Bitch. I've subscribed to these two magazines for over a decade. They keep me informed on things that matter to me, and they help me feel like I'm somewhat aware of what is going on in the wider world. Two books I've been reading for about 3 or 4 months now: Jason Mankey's The Horned God and in blue is … [Read more...]

An Uncomfortable Education

Sometimes a lingam is just a lingam. [Shivan Lingam from the Kushan period, Government Museum, Mathura, by Biswarup Ganguly, via Creative Commons]

I'm exhausted. School is out and I have an infant and two kids all day, every day. I haven't adjusted yet. I need more structure or the eldest child will be the death of us all. Last week was also my birthday, so there were a few fun birthday gatherings. Last week was also my blog post about Wendy Doniger's controversial alternative history of the Hindus, and with that came all the comments. And those comments were intense. Processing those on top of everything else left me feeling very … [Read more...]

The Hindus: An Alternative History

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Wendy Doniger's 700 page exploration of Hinduism and the history of the Hindus has been extremely controversial. The Hindus: An Alternative History was  published in 2008, received scathing reviews from Hindus, and was banned for a time in India. This is how I heard of the book to begin with. What could possibly be so scandalous that a country would ban a book of its history? As someone with more than one degree in religious history and a practitioner of Hindu devotions* I wanted to check out … [Read more...]

On Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship: the Cost of Being a Woman and Other

Albrecht Durer's Praying Hands

[This was written when I was revisiting Christianity at the beginning of 2012. I quite like this piece of writing.]Revisiting things that once held meaning for me is both tedious and informative. For example, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship. I studied Bonhoeffer in college. I wrote my senior history thesis on him. And I barely remember anything about him, other than: influential Lutheran German pastor, who resisted the Nazi co-option of the German church and joined the r … [Read more...]

The Body

'Venus Binding Her Hair' John William Godward.

[Written a year ago, but edited for better writing. I now have three children and am currently thick in the midst of post-partum recovery - and doing incredibly, surprisingly well this time around! Obviously, bodies are on my mind a lot these days, both mine and the newborn's. Humans are amazing.]What a complex site of confusion is the body. As spiritual persons we have a host of understandings about it to unpack. As a female in the Western world there are even more complications and … [Read more...]


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