A Contrast in Values

I could not ask for a better contrast to yesterday’s post on Pagan values than this tweet from Southern Baptist leader Rev. Al Mohler: “Dear Congressman Weiner: There is no effective ‘treatment’ for sin. Only atonement, found only in Jesus Christ.” Pagan values flow from our experiences of Nature, of the gods and goddesses, and [Read More...]

Pagan Values

For the third consecutive year, June has been declared “Pagan Values Month.” Pagan bloggers and podcasters have been asked write and talk about Pagan values – what they are and why they’re important. I think any question of values has to start with origins – where do our values come from? Some conservative monotheists claim [Read More...]

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams is legendary German director Werner Herzog’s documentary on the Paleolithic rock art of Chauvet Cave in France, which was discovered in 1994 and quickly sealed off to prevent damage and contamination. Few researchers and no tourists are allowed in the cave, and those who do get in have strict limits [Read More...]

Letter to Myself at Age 12

I recently had occasion to speak with a young person who is trying to deal with a difficult family situation. Although in many ways this situation is different from the problems I faced at that age, I found myself remembering… remembering things I had gladly forgotten. As I was trying to find the right words [Read More...]

Pagan Prayer Beads

I’ve always been fascinated by prayer beads. I suppose that’s because I grew up Baptist, and Baptists wanted nothing to do with religious objects, much less anything so “Catholic” as prayer beads. The grass is always greener and all that. I’ve thought about making my own prayer beads for a long time, but the idea [Read More...]

Defining the Undefinable

While I did a lot of book reading on vacation (and I have one more book review yet to come), I’m just now getting caught up on on-line reading. I missed the explosion of yet another wave of “who’s a Pagan and who’s not.” Jason at The Wild Hunt has four good excerpts here along [Read More...]

To Fly By Night

Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!William Butler Yeats, quoted by Beth Hansen-Buth I don’t read many “how-to” books anymore. I have maybe a dozen on my shelf – most of them were bought long ago. [Read More...]

Eternal Life

What do you do when you’re nearing the end of your life and the creeds and doctrines of your youth ring hollow? You hold fast to what is real, to what your heart tells you is true. That’s the approach Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong takes in his book Eternal Life: A New Vision, which [Read More...]