Archives for August 2012

Describing the Indescribable

Following on the heels of the Catholic grandfather whose nine year old granddaughter is a soft polytheist comes this very good essay by rabbinical student Joshua Stanton titled “Finding Language to Describe God.” He says: My belief in God and ability to describe God are not necessarily correlated. During profound spiritual experiences, I am often [Read More…]

The Paganism of a Child

Star Foster found this beautiful story of a Catholic grandfather whose nine year old granddaughter is praying to the Greek gods – apparently because he gave her the Percy Jackson series of novels. Explaining it, the nine year old said: When I am at the beach near the water, I feel close to Poseidon. When [Read More…]

Building a Real Religion

Jeff Lilly had a Google+ post yesterday (that I apparently can’t link directly to) where he pointed out the tendency of online discussions to degenerate into “a zero-information signal, i.e. a statement that is either unverifiable or just false.” In the Pagan community, he says this always comes back to (1) discussions of how “real” [Read More…]

Imagined Insults – A Pagan Rant

One of the supposed advantages of Paganism is its inherent plurality and tolerance. Ancient pagans understood different people in different lands had different gods – there was no need to “convert” them. Modern Pagans understand Cernunnos called me and Isis called you and Ganesha called someone else but we can still get together to celebrate [Read More…]

Is There an Augusta National in Your Life?

The Augusta National Golf Club was in the news yesterday when they admitted their first female members: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore. The playgrounds of the 1% of the 1% may seem irrelevant to ordinary folks, but there’s a lesson in this for all of us – and it’s probably [Read More…]

Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth

John Michael Greer is the Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America, a Druid in the Order of Bards Ovates and Druids, a Freemason, and a Bishop in the Universal Gnostic Church. He once said, only half jokingly “some people collect stamps. I collect initiations.” Couple that with Greer’s detailed study of [Read More…]

Corporate Sustainability

A factory in Sweden in 1995.  A place I visited on business, but not part of the corporation I work for.  This was in January.  It was cold and dark. The corporation I work for has released its first Sustainability Report. It’s a public report, but I’m not going to link to it or tell [Read More…]

Bad Science Makes Bad Religion

West Kennet Long Barrow Lupa at No Unsacred Place has a very good essay titled “The Dangers of Talking Plants” where she rants (softly) against the bad science we see from many New Agers and more than a few Pagans. I encourage you to go read the whole thing, but I’ll repeat her closing paragraph. [Read More…]