Fish Is Not Just Fish

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We don’t have clear, widely understood language to differentiate between very similar but critically different approaches to polytheism. For the sake of those who are seeking, we desperately need to find ways to recognize and appreciate the differences in how different people understand and interact with the many Gods. [Read more...]

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Understanding the Multiplicity of the Gods

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Understanding polytheism is easy – understanding the multiplicity of the Gods is hard. But when we consider the effects of time and place, the multiplicity of the Gods becomes a little easier to comprehend. [Read more...]

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You Can’t Practice Paganism While You Look Down Your Nose At It

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Paganism can restore our connections with the natural world, rebuild our ties with our communities, deepen our understanding of ourselves, and renew our relationships with the Gods – however we conceive of them. But it can do none of these things if we are more interested in looking respectable than in re-enchanting the world. [Read more...]

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The Universe Has No Plan And That’s OK

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I don’t think the Universe has a plan, and in any case I can’t relate to a Universe that plans. But I can relate to the Old Gods. [Read more...]

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Why Pagan Theology Is Important

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Western culture is filled with Christian assumptions, many of them unstated. If we are to make Paganism and polytheism accessible to ordinary people, we need to challenge these assumptions and offer well-reasoned, well-articulated alternatives. [Read more...]

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The Lore vs. UPG – A False Dichotomy

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Privileging lore and dismissing experience is the direct result of living in a Protestant-dominated culture. A religion with real Gods is messy, unpredictable, and scary. Even though I’m fond of order, I wouldn’t have it any other way. [Read more...]

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The Limits of Personal Power and The Dangers of Ignoring Them

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If we are truly beings of unlimited power, then people are only sick or poor or oppressed because they choose to be so. And if they choose to be sick or poor or oppressed then we have no moral obligation to help them. How convenient. [Read more...]

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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...]

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