Atheism and Wicca: The Road Ahead

I’ve been doing a long series of posts on atheism and Wicca.  I’m working out the idea that atheistic and neo-pagan communities have more in common than they might think, and that, as American religiousity continues to shift away from Christianity, those two communities will increasingly be blended into each other.  This will be messy [Read More...]

Atheism and Possibility

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. The concept of natural creative power (natura naturans) is found in both Wicca (where it is the ultimate deity) and in atheistic philosophers (who do not deify it).  Natural creative power is the ultimate immanent power of being; it is [Read More...]

Criticizing Wicca: Levels

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. Some statements are based on evidence, while others are not.  And there is evidence for the existence of some entity if and only if the existence of that entity is asserted in a statement that is based on evidence.  To [Read More...]

Some Naturalistic Ontology

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. Over the next few posts, I’m going to do some heavy metaphysics.  So a bit of background is necessary.  An ontology is a taxonomy of categories (usually at a very high level of generality).   To avoid misunderstanding, the ontology I’m [Read More...]

Atheism and Beauty

This is a guest post by Eric Steinhart, Professor of Philosophy at William Paterson University. Some atheists seem to be inspired by a thorough-going hatred of metaphysics; perhaps even a thorough-going hatred of all abstract reasoning.  They are radical positivists (or radical nominalists, but I’ll focus on positivism).  Positivism is the doctrine that only that [Read More...]

On Atheistic Religion

by Eric Steinhart We’re rational animals.  Which means that we’re rational.  And that we’re animals.  Many biological and neurological necessities are satisfied by religion.  Your neocortex has to live with your limbic system.  And as long as we humans have limbic systems in our brains, we’re going to be religious (more on that later). Atheists [Read More...]

The Wiccan Deity: Related Concepts in Philosophy

Eric Steinhart here. On my analysis of several key Wiccan texts, I’ve said that the Wiccan deity is the ultimate immanent creative power of being.  This is a non-theistic and non-Christian concept of the divine.  Please try to avoid projecting theistic or Christian concepts into Wicca.  The Wiccan deity is not a thing; on the [Read More...]

The Wiccan Deity: An Initial Philosophical Analysis

by Eric Steinhart In this post I will talk about the Wiccan ultimate deity (which I’ll just refer to as the Wiccan deity).  This deity is not the Wiccan god or the goddess, but is ontologically prior to them.  My purpose in this post is to talk about some of the features of this deity [Read More...]

The Wiccan Deity

It’s Eric Steinhart here again. I’m going to begin my critical philosophical posts on Wicca by dealing with the Wiccan ultimate deity.  First, I’ll present some quotes from Wiccans describing this deity.  Next (in a separate post), I’ll do some analysis and compare and contrast this deity with some other deities in the Western religious [Read More...]


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