Archives for March 2010

Recharging the Magic

“There will be no foolish wand waving or silly incantations in this class!” – Severus Snape, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone One of the biggest misconceptions about magic is that it’s easy and sure – at least for those with the right genes. Wave your wand or mumble a few words of Latin or [Read More…]

The Evolution of Religion

From Religion Dispatches comes this article on the evolutionary origins of religion. It’s at least the third such article I’ve seen in the past couple of months, all making essentially the same claim: religion helped early humans to cooperate better with each other, giving religious families/tribes/nations an advantage over their non-religious competitors. Natural selection does [Read More…]

Pagan Tent Revival

I had envisioned doing this outdoors to torchlight, but the weather forced us inside. The candles did a nice job of creating a magical atmosphere. Back in October, I linked to a blog post by Ruby Sara at Pagan Godspell where she asked why we couldn’t have a Pagan tent revival. I said I liked [Read More…]

The Anthropology of Magic

And now back to a review of a more specialized book… There aren’t a lot of serious academic books on Paganism and related topics – this is one of them. Susan Greenwood is an anthropologist and (per the back cover) Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sussex. Her new (2009) book is titled [Read More…]


There are some Pagans who say our rituals and observances don’t just celebrate the seasons, they help turn the Wheel of the Year. If that’s true, some of us need to be pushing a little harder because it just went into reverse! This is the first full day of Spring. In Texas. In DFW, where [Read More…]

Is Theology the Problem?

Fellow DUUFer Bruce sent me this column from the Huffington Post titled “Sin Isn’t the Problem with the World, Theology Is” by George Elerick. The bio Bruce tacked onto the article says “George is an author, speaker and founder of Chairs for Dialogue, an interfaith initiative that unites people from different faith traditions, no faith [Read More…]

Pagan Reading List

I occasionally review books on this blog – things I read that are helpful to me that I want to recommend to others, and sometimes things that don’t turn out to be quite what I expected that I want to warn others about. But since I’ve been reading and practicing for a while, these books [Read More…]

Introduction to Pagan Religion

I don’t remember who said what, but obviously it was funny! Thanks to David Sparks for taking pictures.Our Introduction to Modern Pagan Religion class went very well. We had ten in the class, plus four of our own folks teaching and supporting – a decent turnout on a very nice Saturday with a music festival [Read More…]