Archives for February 2011

Reasonable Doubt

The title segment of the most recent Standing Stone and Garden Gate podcast concerns reasonable doubt. Brendan Myers does an excellent job of explaining the role of doubt in examining and interpreting our beliefs and experiences. The philosophical tools he presents are invaluable in the attempt to live a life of integrity, but I believe [Read More…]

Pagan Unity

If you aren’t listening to the Standing Stone and Garden Gate podcast, you should be. It’s done by Brendan Myers – a Druid and philosopher, and his partner Juniper – a hedgewitch. It is the most intellectually-oriented Pagan podcast I’ve come across. Brendan and Juniper approach Paganism very differently, and the interplay between them is [Read More…]

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

Cat Chapin-Bishop, best known (to me, anyway) for her Quaker Pagan blog, also keeps an environmental blog. Her most recent post concerns her efforts to stop generating plastic waste… efforts that have been less than perfect. I feel the same way at times. I do some very good, very responsible things. I also do some [Read More…]

Faith vs. Fantasy

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen – Hebrews 11:1, KJV I’ve always thought that was a pretty good definition of faith. Perhaps that’s because my father liked to quote that verse and I remember hearing it often… but my father quoted a lot of other scripture [Read More…]

Tree Poisoning

Toomer’s Corner Oaks photo from Jimmy Emerson, used under Creative Commons license One of the reasons I’m a Druid is my love of trees. I grew up with woods literally right outside my back door and I spent countless hours exploring them. Over the years I’ve come to understand that trees are more than just [Read More…]


The most viewed post in the life of this blog – by an almost 2 to 1 ratio over the second most viewed – is So Mote It Be, a short entry from November 2009. Why, out of all the things I’ve written, is this so popular? The answer, of course, is Google. If you [Read More…]

Zen Wisdom

The quote for today on my Zen desk calendar comes from Huang-Po, a Chinese Buddhist master who died in 850 CE. “The foolish reject what they see, not what they think; the wise reject what they think, not what they see.” This quote is particularly timely given the last blog entry on presuppositionalism. When we [Read More…]


I am what the English majors in college called a “barbarian engineer” (we called them “unemployed”). I took two philosophy classes: Introduction to Philosophy and Basic Logic – and that was thirty years ago. I’ve done a considerable amount of reading in the social sciences as part of my religious and spiritual quest over the [Read More…]