Religion and Smart People – A Reasonable Response to Unreasonable Smugness

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Don’t try to tell me I need to abandon a path that’s proved meaningful and helpful just because some people believe some dumb things and some smart people don’t believe anything at all. Religion is much more than belief. [Read more...]

Atheists’ Ten Commandments

Mt. Stromboli and the Tyrrhenian Sea, 2012

A group of atheists did a nice job of developing their own Ten Commandments, but sometimes what we need isn’t new rules, or fewer Gods, or more Gods. Sometimes what we need is a completely different approach to how we think and how we live. [Read more...]

Hold Loosely But Practice Deeply

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Religious certainty is for fundamentalists and fools. Hold your beliefs lightly, but while you hold them, treat them as though they were true and explore them as deeply as you can. [Read more...]

Organic Religion

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Even if religion completely disappeared, it would quickly return because people have religious experiences all the time. This is organic religion, a religion not of doctrine but of experience, not of rules but of relationships, not of the intellect but of the soul. [Read more...]

A Pagan View of Suffering

Poulanbrone, Ireland

Insisting there must be some grand cosmic purpose for suffering is not compatible with polytheist theology. The question of suffering is one modern Pagans need to contemplate as our religions grow and mature. [Read more...]

How Do We Know What the Gods Want?

Ballyalban Fairy Fort

Unquestioning belief is not a Pagan virtue. How do we know what we know about the Gods? It requires using all our ways of knowing. [Read more...]

Sacrifice and the Fear of Real Gods

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Real Gods are a lot scarier than the polytheist next door killing, cleaning, and cooking a chicken in his back yard and seasoning it with prayers and invocations. [Read more...]

Thinking About the Gods

Thoth (Djehuty)

If you believe the Gods are many and have agency then you cannot also believe They can’t affect you unless you permit it. The two propositions are logically inconsistent. [Read more...]


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