A Polytheist Twist on Narrative Theology

by Alison Rawson via Wikimedia Commons

Narrative theology (also known as postliberal theology, which I just found out) is a recent theological development where the overarching narrative of the Christian story takes on central importance, over/against ideas of systematic theology. One of its main points is that individuals are part of a community and that community's history, which is the focus of Christian narrative theology. I like the idea of being part of a story that is bigger than myself. That seems to take into account the … [Read more...]

Monism – Your Mileage May Vary

Juneau old growth forest - where I first experienced Otherness.

In my corner of the internet there is some discussion (and some insulting, some deliberately not listening, and some jumping to conclusions) about monism and polytheism. Here are my two cents.Monism is the idea that there is one unifying source. It is NOT the same as monotheism. Monotheism is the idea that there is one god and one god only. Almost all monotheists are monists, but not all monists are monotheists. Can polytheists be monists? Yes, yes they can. How important are such … [Read more...]

What is Feri?

By Katharine Cameron, 1908, from Thomas the Rhymer.

[I've updated this post from 2011. I thought it would make an appropriate response to Wednesday's guest post. Enjoy!]Feri* is……Feri is a form of traditional witchcraft. It’s an American-born, syncretic tradition, informed by Hoodoo, Voudoun, Huna, Wicca, Yoruba, Gwyddon (Welsh witchcraft), Appalachian folk tradition, and probably more that I just don’t know about. Victor Anderson saw himself drawing on ancient commonalities, the current of the ‘small dark peoples of the earth.’ … [Read more...]

Why Not Wicca

scott cunningham

When I get asked what my religion is I almost always answer "Pagan" and move on from there. Usually the first response is "Oh, you're Wiccan?" I also get "Oh, my mother-in-law/niece/cousin's girlfriend/and so on is a Wiccan!" Without fail I tell them I'm not Wiccan. Part of this is a desire for clarity (I practice an American form of Traditional Witchcraft and have a Hindu devotion). Part of it is a desire not to be lumped in with Wiccans. Because, in all honesty, I'm a hater.When I began my … [Read more...]

My Take on Wiccanate Privilege

Another of the big discussions of privilege that occurred at PCon this year was regarding Wiccanate privilege. I did not attend this panel. I had decided to not write on this topic as I don't feel particularly strongly about it. But after going through some of the various write ups of this panel, I have some thoughts.Firstly, there is some great discussion occurring, mainly in regard to the larger ideas of what our communities are, stand for, and how they work (or don't work) together. There … [Read more...]

Theology, the Gods, and Me

Epiphany

A lot of people are currently discussing their understanding of the gods. Traci issues a challenging reminder not to let anthropomorphism cloud our understanding. Morpheus Ravenna, John Beckett, Sara Amis, and others, all give us their thoughtful perspectives. I hesitate to wade into the discussion, even though this is the very sort of discussion I'm trained to dissect.I think that's part of why discussing the gods is so challenging for me: I have too many theories, too many fancy words, and … [Read more...]

Five Year Old Rituals

Last week my son had his 5 Year Old Rituals. What does that mean? Let's start at the beginning.My son was born prematurely and spent the first month of his life in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). It was easily the worst month of my life. Son, B, was born healthy and strong, though very, very small. He has grown to inherit both his mother's and his father's emotional intensity, so while he's a bright, healthy, empathetic little guy, he's also combative, struggles especially much with … [Read more...]


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