Tribalism: The Good, The Bad, and The Future

Who can practice a religion that is rooted in the experiences of a specific group of people? The answer to that question suggests a helpful approach for dealing with an uncertain future. Read more

Purpose and Will

My belief we’re here for a purpose doesn’t flow from my Pagan religion. It comes from something before that, from some deep intuition. It’s part of my core being, and it whispers “there’s more.” Read more

Trusting the Gods

The foundation of trust is not blind faith but the evidence of past performance. You can’t trust the gods to make everything OK, but you can trust them to be who and what they are. More importantly, you can trust your true will. Read more

Philosophy and Institutions

There are lots of Pagan institutions that are doing the work of spreading and refining Pagan ideas. Are they enough? For now, it’s enough to recognize that institutions aren’t the enemy, they’re a necessity. Read more


I’ve got lots of thoughts on Syria and why we should stay out, but the brilliant essay I wanted to write just isn’t coming. Something is blocking it. So I’m going to spend the weekend in deep introspection, but I’m going to pause every so often and say a prayer for the people of Syria, and a prayer for the leaders of the United States of America. Read more

The Open Bookshelf

Full bookshelves make me feel wealthy in a way that has little to do with the monetary cost of the books or the shelves. But too much of a good thing is still too much, and a full bookshelf says “I don’t have room to learn anything more.” Read more

A Labor Day Reflection

Thinking seriously about Labor Day is frustrating and that frustration is not helpful. So give thanks to those this day honors, forget about the work you have to do and think about the work you’re called to do. Read more

Race and Religion in the Modern Pagan World

The idea that some traditions belong only to people with the “right” ancestry has no place in Paganism. The gods call who they call and we are all free to respond to the calls we feel. We are not, however, entitled to respond in any way we like. Read more

Psssst – We’re Winning

The growing number of intellectual attacks on polytheism show we’ve grown to the point where we can no longer be ignored. Read more

The Global Public Square

The Global Charter of Conscience is self-evidently true to most of us in the modern West. It is a worthy document, even if its ultimate effectiveness is questionable. But its cause is not advanced by The Global Public Square, which was written to promote it. Read more

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