Missing the Point on Scapegoats

When two thirds of the commenters are missing the point, I have to accept that this time the problem isn’t the readers, it’s the writer. [Read more…]

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There Are No Scapegoats in Modern Paganism

This month’s Patheos Public Square topic is “The Sacrifice: Religions and the Role of the Scapegoat.” As best I can tell, all the entries are from Christians, Muslims, or Jews. That’s probably for the best – there are no scapegoats in Paganism. [Read more…]

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The Environment In Which We Work

We’re trying to restore polytheism in a world where the loudest voices scream there is only one God and the second loudest voices scream there are none. We can’t put on headphones and block them out. So what can we do? [Read more…]

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Monotheist, New Age, and Materialist Derailments of Polytheism

We do not want to be needlessly distracted from our striving to be good polytheists who honor, worship, and form relationships with many real Gods. [Read more…]

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The Gods Are Like Apples

Metaphors can be tricky in religious matters: some take them literally, while others see only the figurative examples and never see the reality illuminated by them. Despite these risks, I think a metaphor will be helpful in our current conversations about the Gods. [Read more…]

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This Is My Polytheism

Your polytheism may be very similar to mine. Great. Your polytheism may be very different from mine. That’s great too. We don’t have to agree on everything, and we must not pretend to agree when we don’t. We just need to be polite and remember Who we’re working for. [Read more…]

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Differences Demand Clarity

The Gods of a humanist and the Gods of a polytheist are not the same thing. It is neither dictionary worship nor an attempt to control others to demand language that clearly communicates our differences. [Read more…]

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Rebuilding a Religion

If you believe one of the world’s many religions has exclusive possession of The Truth, your only option is to find that religion and adopt its beliefs and practices 100%, whether you agree with them or not. It’s not so simple for those of us following new and reconstructed religions. [Read more…]

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