Pagans in the Pews

Here's an encouraging report from about an evangelical church in Salem, Massachusetts, that is working hard to create meaningful dialogue between Christians and Neopagans:Beyond the Pall … [Read more...]

Lucifer’s Pawn?

Yesterday at the Lay-Cistercians gathering a friend of mine gave me a flyer for an event coming up in a couple of weeks featuring Moira Noonan, who wrote a book called Ransomed from Darkness: The New Age, Christian Faith, and the Battle for Souls. I'm familiar with the book: a woman who had been praying for my soul ever since my Pagan days sent it to me when she learned that I had become a Catholic. Here's what the flyer says about Noonan: Raised as a Catholic, author Moira Noonan began … [Read more...]

Terra Fide

As an ex-neopagan who now works in a Catholic bookstore, I have an interesting perspective on things. Yesterday, a woman called the store because she wanted to order some of the monastery-blended incense we sell. As we spoke, she made this comment: "I'm so glad to have found you. So much of the incense that you see for sale these days comes from Pagans and Wiccans." She emphasized her contempt when she said "Pagans" and "Wiccans," almost as if she were speaking of something unutterably evil. I … [Read more...]

The Tent of Abraham

The Tent of Abraham: Stories of Hope and Peace for Jews, Christians and Muslims By Joan Chittister, OSB, Murshid Saadi Shakur Chishti and Rabbi Arthur Waskow Forward by Karen Armstrong Boston, Massachusetts: Beacon Press, 2006 Given the insanity currently going on in southern Lebanon (not to mention similar, underreported violence in Gaza), this book could not be more timely. Three American authors — a Benedictine nun, a rabbi, and a Sufi — joined forces to write this hopeful book which te … [Read more...]