Faith vs. Fantasy

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen – Hebrews 11:1, KJV I’ve always thought that was a pretty good definition of faith. Perhaps that’s because my father liked to quote that verse and I remember hearing it often… but my father quoted a lot of other scripture [Read More...]

Tree Poisoning

Toomer’s Corner Oaks photo from Jimmy Emerson, used under Creative Commons license One of the reasons I’m a Druid is my love of trees. I grew up with woods literally right outside my back door and I spent countless hours exploring them. Over the years I’ve come to understand that trees are more than just [Read More...]


The most viewed post in the life of this blog – by an almost 2 to 1 ratio over the second most viewed – is So Mote It Be, a short entry from November 2009. Why, out of all the things I’ve written, is this so popular? The answer, of course, is Google. If you [Read More...]

Zen Wisdom

The quote for today on my Zen desk calendar comes from Huang-Po, a Chinese Buddhist master who died in 850 CE. “The foolish reject what they see, not what they think; the wise reject what they think, not what they see.” This quote is particularly timely given the last blog entry on presuppositionalism. When we [Read More...]


I am what the English majors in college called a “barbarian engineer” (we called them “unemployed”). I took two philosophy classes: Introduction to Philosophy and Basic Logic – and that was thirty years ago. I’ve done a considerable amount of reading in the social sciences as part of my religious and spiritual quest over the [Read More...]


I’m back from a trip to Tennessee for my mother’s 80th birthday. It was a good trip, and I’m particularly thankful we got out of DFW when the weather had airlines canceling flights by the hundreds. In the course of normal catching up with friends and family, I got some news about a guy I [Read More...]

Coming to the Edge of the Circle

Back in December, Chad Clifton had a blog post on Coming to the Edge of the Circle where he used it as an example of a Pagan scholar doing academic work in a Pagan setting. This is not a normal occurrence in academia: there is an unstated assumption that Wicca and other “new religions” aren’t [Read More...]

Religion and Money

One of the points of division in the recent split in the Feri tradition of witchcraft concerns charging money for teaching, as Jason Pitzl-Waters describes in this very good, very neutral piece on yesterday’s Wild Hunt. The issue of charging for religious services and the larger topic of the role of money in religion can [Read More...]